Poker Corner §©ª¨
Besides being an agent and author, Sheree Bykofsky is also an avid poker
player and poker author, with Lou Krieger, of Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You
About Winning Hold’Em Poker (Kensington),
The Rules of Poker: The
Ultimate Argument Settler
(Kensington), and, most recently, The Portable Poker Pro
(Kensington). In December 2005 Sheree placed first
out of 164 women who competed in the World Series of Poker Ladies' Circuit Event
at the Showboat in Atlantic City.
The latest Poker title represented by Sheree Bykofsky is Check-Raising the Devil by Mike Matusow.
Sheree Bykofsky is delighted to represent Poker Wizards by Warwick Dunnett.
The First Annual
Binion's Poker Author Challenge was a great success! Congratulations to the
winner, Lou Krieger!
about it on CasinoGaming.com.
Recent review of The
Portable Poker Pro from PokerNews:
(view the article at
'The Portable Poker Pro' Delivers At Less Cost
March 27, 2007
There are many ways to obtain the information regarding the skill of the
game of poker. From high cost methods, such as poker camps and
tutorial training from accomplished players, to less costly
measures, such as DVDs or other poker books, there is plenty of
information out there that players can find. What seems to be
missing, though, is a poker book that encompasses a basic
tutorial for a low cost. This has been cured by prolific poker
writer Lou Krieger and his co-writer, Sheree Bykofsky.
With the book "The Portable Poker Pro" (available from
Kensington Publishing now at all bookstores for the shockingly
low price of $6.99 U. S. and $9.99 Canadian), Krieger and
Bykofsky have brought out an
effort that provides the same information that longer, more
costly books offer. This is good because it allows people to
learn more about the game of poker in a cheaper manner, rather
than spending large amounts of money that could be potentially
used to play and learn the game further. With this said,
however, there is some information in the 186 pages of the book
that any player can take some advice from.
I was quite surprised by how much the writers were able to cram
in between the pages. Not only do Krieger and Bykofsky give a
basic tutorial on the game, they are able to stuff information
in playing live games in casinos (or home games), cash game
strategy, tournament strategy and even dabble a bit into some
pot limit Hold 'Em (this isn't a very large section, but they do
give some mention and suggestions for bettering your game). They
finish off the book with some more advanced strategies to move
away from the basic play of the book, which is critical for
success for any player to improve their game.
There were three things that especially stood out regarding "The
Portable Poker Pro". While the book is very basic in its
approach, it still offers information that is broken down
between "Amateur Alert" and "Expert Extras". The "Amateur Alert"
segments of the book offer information for newcomers to the game
so that they don't look like newcomers when they sit down at the
felt, while the "Expert Extras" definitively offer information
that is used by people who make a living at the game (such as
where to sit for maximum table visibility, aggressive betting
strategy, etc.). These additional tidbits of information on top
of what is already offered can be used by anyone.
The final thing about this book that anyone would have to like
is the price. Many poker books can cross the $15 range and even
can go upwards of $35 or more in some cases. This can dissuade
newcomers from learning more about the game. At $6.99, however,
a player that purchases and reads "The Portable Poker Pro" can
fill in a much needed gap by providing some poker information
for a very low price.
Some may look at "The Portable Poker Pro" and let is go because
it isn't an in-depth book that will unlock the mysteries of
advanced poker. But Lou and Sheree have provided a book that
gives the reader exactly what is advertised: a small, pocket
sized book that someone can use on a trip or even take with them
to the casino to provide some useful insight on their first
journey. For people that are coming to the game of poker with a
bit of knowledge (but not a tremendous amount) or heading for
their first casino adventure, "The Portable Poker Pro" is well
The Rules of Poker has received a fabulous
review from Howard Schwartz! Read below.
Try this essential
guide to poker
12/12/2006 - by Howard Schwartz
Sheree Bykofsky have written
a solid, must-read (by house and players) guide titled The Rules of
Poker: Essentials for Every Game (276 pages, hard bound, $13.95),
which should help reduce stress and help settle arguments everywhere, from
home poker games to the biggest cash games or tournaments. One great
strength of the book is that actual situations are re-created by players and
dealers. This may help explain how important a good dealer and solid,
understanding card room management earn their keep and what pressures they
face each day.
There are many major parts to
the book: The House, General Rights and Procedures; The House: Game-Play
Management; Player Conduct, Etiquette and Integrity; The Deck and Cards;
Betting Structures. These are followed by Rules of the Games including major
material on Hold ‘em and Omaha plus Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple and Tahoe;
Stud games; Split games; Razz; Five Stud; Mississippi Seven Card Stud; Draw
and Lowball; California Lowball; Deuce to Seven Triple Draw; Ace to Five
Triple Draw. There’s a major section on tournaments including rules, plus
coverage of cash games; side pots, exposing cards with action pending,
English-only rule, keeping chips visible, and penalties for infractions,
re-buy tournaments. A final, small but fascinating section discusses rules
the authors would like to see changed including short buy-ins, triggering
kill pots, asking to see called hands and the always controversial "f-word
This is a pocket-sized or
palm-sized book (which makes it a good stocking stuffer) so it’s easy to
keep in a jacket pocket. It contains a 12-page index. The authors wrote the
book to offer players and management to see what’s fair, what’s best for a
variety of situations and what "makes for honest and equitable procedures in
managing and playing the game." There are Interpretation Notes scattered
throughout the book—helpful in explaining and illuminating procedures—a sort
of rationale to help clarify.
Consider this one of the most
important and powerful books ever for anyone who loves the game as a player,
dealer or overseer.
If this book helps you in one
or more situations, it’s paid for itself. Easy reading, larger print, a good
gift item for any level player.
The book and more is
available at the Gambler’s Book Shop (Gambler’s Book Club) in Las Vegas. The
store’s web site is www.gamblersbook.com or call toll free, 1-800-522-1777.
Also buy Secrets the Pros Won't Tell
You About Winning Hold'Em Poker on Amazon.
And coming in late
Sheree's poker podcast on www.holdemradio.com!
PokerNews review of Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You About Winning
Hold 'em Poker
Review of Secrets by Poker Magazine's Ashley Adams
Howard Schwartz at Casino City Times
Secrets mentioned in the blog of Dave Scharf, founder of the Canadian
Sheree on the Air
February 27, 2006: Sheree talks about her new book and her own poker
secrets on Baltimore's WBAL radio
Sheree give poker tips on WCCC
Sheree and Lou Krieger on Rounders Radio May 1, 2010
to coauthor Lou Krieger's blog
Excerpt from Lou Krieger's blog:
My Latest Book:
Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You About Winning Hold'em Poker
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
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."
Sheree also represents several
wonderful poker/gaming authors, including the following:
Poker and the Art of War
Machiavellian Poker Strategy
Lessons of the World Poker Tour
Pocket Idiot's Guide to Tournament Poker
Blackjack: Play Like the Pros
Las Vegas Babylon
The Complete Book of Hold 'Em Poker
The Complete Book of Casino Poker
Casino Gambling the Smart Way: How to Have More Fun and Win More Money
Play Poker Like the Pros
Outplaying the Boys: Poker Tips for Competitive Women
Real Poker Night
J. Phillip Vogel:
Internet Gambling: How to Win Big Online