Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You

  • List Price: $14.95
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Date: March, 2006
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart – Kensington
  • ISBN: 0-8184-0659-3
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There’s a feeding frenzy going on for all things poker related. Much of this stems from the improbably named Chris Moneymaker winning $2,500,000 in the 2003 World Series of Poker, an event he captured after winning his $10,000 buy-in at a $40 satellite on the internet. This scenario was repeated in 2004, when nearly 2600 players ponied up $10,000 to enter the World Series of Poker’s main event, and Greg Raymer, who won his buy-in online, came away with the winner’s share of $5,000,000. In 2005, every player at the final table became an instant millionaire. The winner, Joseph Hachem, took away a record-breaking $7,500,000

Repeat showings of televised poker tournaments have supercharged a world-wide interest in poker. These TV shows typically garner higher viewership in reruns than during original showings, which is something that almost never happens in the world of TV ratings. It all points to an unflagging interest in poker.

This has resulted in a publishing bonanza for poker books, although almost every one of them is an instructional book, aimed at providing new players with enough strategy and tactics to allow them to survive, and maybe even win, in recreational poker games. Most of these books elucidate the game at its most basic level: how is it played; what beat’s what; what’s a good hand to start with, to raise with, or to fold. We know all about these books; author Lou Krieger wrote seven best-selling poker instructionals.

You can read scads of poker instructional books and not realize that the authors-most of whom are expert players-have withheld their best secrets, the ones that allow the authors to teach you poker’s basics while they retain enough private knowledge to beat you when they sit down at your table.

Now are you curious about the pro’s secrets to winning hold’em poker that none of the how-to books tell you? The multiple layers of the game only reveal themselves over time and only after much study, patience, experience, and deliberation. We intend to reveal as many of these secrets as possible. Poker is a game of skill rather than luck because there are many tools you can use to beat bad players. We will tell you the best ways to counter good plays by good players. We aim to show you the art of poker-to help you get a more accurate feel for the game.

Although the information in this book is applicable to most poker games, the examples are drawn primarily from Texas hold’em, since this is the most important and widespread poker game played today. It’s the game that is played on TV by celebrities, on the World Poker Tour, and in the World Series of Poker.

Professional players use strategies and tactics every day that most recreational players don’t even know exist. This book was created to reveal to beginners and even good players an artful understanding of the game you love. Will it improve your play? Yes. And it is unique because there’s not another book on the market that takes this tack and provides as complete an insight into poker’s deeper levels.

Because poker is a game of skill, serious players are always looking for an edge. Moreover, the newer breed of poker player, those weaned on Internet poker sites and games in college dorms, are a studious breed. They’re readers, computer literate, and like former world champion Chris Ferguson, many of them spend a significant amount of time harnessing their computers’ capabilities to test poker theories-quite a departure from the old, back-room image of a cigar chewing gambler who never read anything that wasn’t found in the racing form.

While there is no shortage of traditional, step-by-step “how-to” books that break poker down into it’s simplest elements and provide tutorial information to beginning players, there is little, if anything in the market that gets to that deeper level that comprises poker at it’s most strategic and sophisticated level of understanding.

It seems clear that Poker is now, more than ever, America’s National Card Game, and perhaps it may even now claim the title of American’s National Game.

Our aim is to turn you into professional-level players while enjoying an easy and fun read. It is far better to absorb complex strategies than to memorize them. But please note that poker is extremely addictive and potentially dangerous in many ways. We encourage anyone who gambles to gamble responsibly.

Each of the concepts and playing strategies in this book will be discussed and organized as part of a few broad themes: “Basic Concepts and Play, “Tactics, Strategies and Ploys, “Image,” “Money,” “Minimal Math, “Tournament Play,” “Playing,” and “Growing as a Player.”

Here’s a bonus secret to start you off:

This book is really two books in one. It’s a book filled with secrets that you can use yourself. It’s also filled with information about what other people-particularly experts-do. Knowing what other people are doing will help you win! You know, for example, in a tournament when a player has just read Super System. He’s super-aggressive. He’ll go all in and make large aggressive bets against weak or timid players at every opportunity. If you’re in a gambling mood, raise or reraise this player more often!

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