By Stanley R. Sludikoff
We first met Lou in Costa Rica. We had both been invited down by Casino Europa to a large tournament they had scheduled. During a break in play, while most of the players opted for jungle tours, Lou asked to join in on a San Jose city tour, led by a marketing department executive. We became great friends by the time the tour was over. Later, I invited Lou to become Editor of Poker Player newspaper, where he served for many years. We had communicated with him often when we heard of his illness. I had scheduled Lou for a Senior Editor position in our new electronic publishing venture, but his reluctance to make a commitment set off dire warnings to me. I knew all was not well, although Lou was very positive right to the end. My family and I, Poker Player newspaper, our staff, and, I am sure, our thousands of readers will miss his wisdom and advice. This issue contains the last column written by Lou. Below you will find just a few of the brief comments from some of our key writers and close friends of Lou.
“Lou was a friend to poker. He leaves a legacy of honor and was among my poker heroes for his contributions to our game and the exemplary way he conducted his life.”
“Lou was one of those special friends who invariably brought out the sun on a rainy day. A remarkable listener, Lou absorbed others’ words, completely—sometimes with just a nod or a smile that spoke as many volumes as his prolific writing. A friend and colleague of more than 20 years, I will remember Lou’s passion for life and his extraordinary dignity to its close.”
“Lou Krieger was not just a consummate writer and poker player, he was a great mentor and supporter of his fellow poker writers. I know of no one who was as encouraging and supportive of other writers as Lou. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and counsel and will miss being his Keep Flopping Aces cohost.”
“Everyone knows that Lou was an exceptional poker writer, but those of us who were lucky enough to count him as a friend, know that he was also an extraordinary person. Lou was not one for obvious shows of sentimentality, believing that he needed to show a tough exterior to the world. He was a guy’s guy, who loved sports and shows about the mob, but he was also one of the gentlest men I ever knew, with a lively and playful sense of humor. He was a realist, occasionally cynical, but more than anything he was a fighter in the best sense of the word. Lou always looked for the positive side of every situation and he never gave up, even when he was fighting for his life. He also hated long paragraphs so I will end this now by saying simply: Lou, you will be missed.”
“Our poker world has lost a wonderful man and a great poker pioneer. Lou Krieger was probably the greatest poker teacher ever. His eleven (11) published poker books, including The Lou Krieger Start Chart, is a wonderful legacy we will long admire. His columns in PPN and other poker publications have always stood out. He did not hesitate when our seniors’ poker group asked him to present a poker seminar for us: It was outstanding. I understand that Lou Krieger was in line to join the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame.”
In tribute to Lou, most of our other writers wished to write something, as well. Nolan Dalla wrote an exceptional piece you will find on the internet. Below is the Official Obituary as sent to me by his family: On December 3, 2012, poker guru Lou Krieger lost his battle with esophageal cancer. Lou lived a very full and exciting life that began in Brooklyn, New York, and ended in Palm Desert, California.
He was a consultant with Koff and Associates. He managed the Southern California office of Personnel Associates and formerly served as Director of State and Local Government Consulting for the Hay Group in Washington, D.C.
He served twenty-five years in the public sector with broad thrust agencies such as the Executive Office of the President of the United States, NASA, the World Bank, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), as well as states, counties, cities, water districts, transportation districts, air quality management agencies, and a variety of other units of government. He served on the Personnel and Insurance Committee for the Association of California Water Agencies, and was responsible for providing technical support to ACWA’s annual salary survey, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive annual compensation reviews in California. He played poker since childhood, and was the editor of Poker Player Newspaper. He authored 11 books and more than 400 columns about poker strategy for a variety of magazines. His writings also appear on www.loukrieger.com, and on www.pokerology.com, where he was also active in the poker forums.
Lou’s first book, Hold’em Excellence: From Beginner to Winner, was published in 1995. He followed that up with MORE Hold’em Excellence: A Winner For Life, in 1997. In 2000, Poker For Dummies was on its way to becoming the best selling poker book in history. His fourth book, Gambling For Dummies, followed in 2001.
In 2003, Lou wrote Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games with Kathy Watterson, and Winning Omaha/8 Poker, with Mark Tenner. The Poker Player’s Bible, published by Barron’s, followed in November 2004.
Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You About Winning Hold’em Poker, written with Sheree Bykofsky, was published in 2006. Sheree also co-authored The Rules of Poker: Essential for Every Game, published in late 2006, and The Portable Poker Pro: Winning Tips for Texas Hold’em, which was published in 2007. 52 Great Poker Tips was published in June, 2007.
Lou was the host for “Keep Flopping Aces,” a weekly radio show on RoundersRadio. The show aired at 6:00 Pacific Time every Thursday evening, and can also be heard as a podcast for on-demand listening.
Casino Journal Magazine, the industry bible, in 2000 named Krieger one of the most influential gaming writers of the past 100 years—an honor accorded to only five poker authors.
When not writing about poker, talking about it on the radio, or editing Poker Player Newspaper, Lou could be found playing poker at casinos near his home in Palm Desert, California.
Lou was an avid cyclist with an average travel of 800-1000 miles per month in the desert and San Diego areas. He was a member of MENSA, and loved to exercise not only his body while cycling but his mind. He is survived by his loving wife, Deirdre, children: Philip, Shannon, and Heather, his brother David and niece Abby. He will be duly missed by his grandchildren; Shandie, Quinn, Michael, Shelby, Haley, David, Ethan, and Jacob. Memorial service is to be held at a later date, to be announced.