Krieger was something of an original among poker writers in the sense that he was covering the game in the days before the internet boom which brought millions of new players to the poker tables.

A columnist for Card Player magazine between 2001 and 2005, Krieger also wrote 11 poker books, most notably Poker for Dummies. His other works, all still useful guides to the game, include Secrets the Pros Won’t Tell You About Winning Hold’em Poker and Hold’em Excellence.

As new players took to poker on the back of Chris Moneymaker’s game changing win in the World Series of Poker in 2003, Krieger’s were among the books many new players turned to, as were his columns which encouraged new players to learn more and more about the game, becoming better players in the process.

The news of his death was posted on Krieger’s Facebook page on Monday, when Krieger succumbed to cancer of the oesophagus.

“It is my deepest regret to inform you that early this morning Lou’s fight against cancer ended. He fought courageously to the end with the same pride and dignity that carried him through his life. He wanted everyone to know that he did not go peacefully in his sleep but fighting like hell. He was surrounded by his family. We know he would want everyone to keep floppin’ aces. He will be missed by all that knew him. Poker has lost a star.”