Poker Wizard Extracts
Aggression will eventually fail without good hand selection. You can't simply be aggressive with no other moves because there is no way you'll survive in the long run. However, aggression can be very effective at the appropriate time. If you want to give yourself a chance, it's important to think about the field. For example, if you have a small pocket pair, and you're up against a single opponent with a hand like A-K, you're a favorite. If you're up against three opponents, then you're no longer a favorite to win the hand. However, there may be a lot more money in the pot. You now have to decide the best way to play the hand. If you play aggressively, you can walk into a big hand, but if you play very aggressively, people aren't really going to call you with a hand like 7-7, A-10, or A-J. They will fold most of the time.
By being aggressive, you create favorable situations for yourself when you're in position and put pressure on people in order to get a read on what they have-or you can take the pot then and there. The person who is not aggressive enough and just waits for a big hand has already given you a read. By the time he decides to play a hand, at least you know where you're at. If he knows you're aggressive and suddenly raises you, he's not going to be doing it with a poor hand. So you already have a read and don't have to play. But the nice thing is that when you find a playable hand in position you can just call, knowing that opponents will usually pay you off all the way if you hit your hand.
Of course, it depends on your opponents, but while there are many shrewd players out there, there are only a small percentage of them that are really good. Those very good players will know what you are doing and may come back over the top of you. Even then, not many people will come back over a reraise unless they have A-A or K-K.
The Flying Dutchman
When you first spot Marcel Luske engaging those around him in conversation, his demeanor, stature and dress remind you of a sophisticated royal from a European principality who has just stepped out of the Club Privé at the Casino in Monte Carlo to sign autographs and engage admirers in friendly chit-chat. You can always recognize him at the table, not simply because of his height or handsome features but because he will be the best-dressed man in the room—and certainly the only one wearing black sun glasses upside down while singing for the crowd.
Tournament Earnings Exceeding $3.7 Million
Winner, Five Star World Poker Classic Limit Omaha, 2003
Winner, Barcelona Open €1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, 2003
Winner, European Poker Classic € 1,500 No-Limit Hold’em, London, 2003
Second place, WSOP Seven-Card Stud, 2004
Tenth place, WSOP Championship Event, 2004
Winner, Crown Australian Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, 2005
Winner, Five Star World Poker Classic, $2,000 Limit Hold’em, 2005
Winner, €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Hall of Fame Poker Classic, Paris, 2005
Second place, WSOP H.O.S.E Circuit event, Caesars Las Vegas, 2006
Winner, Five Star World Poker Classic, $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em, 2006
Winner, World Poker Showdown, Nassau, Bahamas, 2008
First, Netherlands All-time Money List