My Latest Book: Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You About Winning Hold’em Poker

by Lou on March 2, 2006

The poker boom has resulted in a publishing bonanza for poker books, although the vast majority are instructionals, 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.

My newest book, Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You About Winning Hold’em Poker, coauthored by Sheree Bykofsky, was released yesterday and is available now at all the usual book outlets. If you’ve become curious about multiple layers of the game that usually reveal themselves over time and only after much study, patience, experience, and deliberation, this is the book for you.

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. 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.

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 many 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.

Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You About Winning Hold’em Poker aims to turn you into professional-level players while enjoying an easy and fun read. Each of the concepts and playing strategies in this book is 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.”

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