Marcel Luske

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 19:21

Marcel Lüske

A poker biography of Marcel Lüske.

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Name - Marcel Lüske

Born - 1953, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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What Marcel Lüske brings to any poker table is his own style, highly-defined by elegance and subtlety, which is almost too good to be true. But never underestimate his masterful tricks -- his sophisticated charm and wit can always only be as deadly as it can be, soon as he lay all cards on the table. His endearing manners and refined taste, not only in designer suits, but also in the choice of moves to play, could even earn him a much-deserved role in the latest James Bond film, "Casino Royale." If only poker players could be as well-mannered as Marcel Lüske, then poker could only be more adorable despite the odds of winning some and losing it all.

Born in 1953, Marcel Lüske is also known as the "The Flying Ducthman." He earned this title along with growing popularity from televised poker tournaments while tracing his native roots in Amsterdam, Holland. No longer is "The Flying Dutchman" just an ordinary European poker player because now he holds a celebrity status as a charming personality in different poker game circuits. While his rivals could only care less about their appearances and styles, Marcel Lüske has always been admired for his undeniable trademarks. Always garbed in impressive cuts for stylish suits, he also wears upside-down glasses, and serenades his opponents even during an intense play.

However, like other players, Lüske had his own share of humble beginnings. He first learned about poker in several market cafes, until he resigned from a job as salesman on January 1, 2003 to focus on a more promising career as professional gambler. In taking his chances, "The Flying Dutchman" first appeared on the TV show, Late Night Poker. Unfortunately, in two episodes he lost to John Duthie and Barny Boatman for both events. Despite this unfavorable turn out, Luske held on to his poker dream. Just two years after giving up his job, he then earned himself a righteous title after making it to 14th place in World Series of Poker's Main Event in 2002. The following year, Lüske stepped right up to the 10th spot for the annual series, where he finished with $373,000 amount of winnings and just another step away from the finals. The highlights of his career also include beating other contenders for the 2nd place in a face-off with Joe Awada in 2004's $5,000 Seven-Card Stud challenge. This European poker star earned as much as $120,800 from the tournament alone, while he also finished in money for several WSOP events. In 2005, he defeated all the other tough contenders for the €10,000 Hall of Fame Poker Classic in France with €119, 000 total prize winnings. Marcel Luske also made it to the grand finals of EPT championship in 7th place. While "The Flying Dutchman" hasn't won himself a bracelet, at least he was recognized as European Poker Awards Player of the Year for 2001 and 2004. Not to mention that he also had incredible finishes in different poker games in Pot-Limit Omaha, No-Limit Hold'Em, and Seven-Card Stud. Luske placed 77th for the All-Time WSOP Money List with massive live tournament prizes that exceed $2,900,000.

But aside from being a poker master and a charming personality in poker table, Marcel Luske is also one of the founders of International Poker Federation or IPF and a mentor for promising poker celebrities like David Williams and Noah Boeken. Now married with two wonderful children, Marcel Lüske could only inspire the poker world with more of his cunning techniques, even temper, and impressive style that may also come from being a former karate master.