Marcel Lüske

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Marcel Lüske
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Nickname(s) Marcel Luske (Pokerstars handle)
Residence Amsterdam
Born (1953-03-23) 23 March 1953 (age 61)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finish(es) 20
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
10th, 2004
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 4
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 2
Money finish(es) 4
Information accurate as of 24 July 2009.

Marcel Lüske (Amsterdam, 23 March 1953) is a Dutch professional poker player. He finished 10th in the 2004 WSOP main event and as of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed US$3,700,000. Lüske encourages the development of younger players and has mentored poker players Noah Boeken, David Williams and Kirill Gerasimov.


Lüske learned to play poker in market cafés and quit his job as a salesman in 2003 to become a professional poker player. He is known for wearing suits, upside-down sunglasses and singing during poker tournaments and poker games.

Lüske appeared twice on the Late Night Poker show and lost to Barny Boatman and John Duthie.

Lüske finished in 14th place in the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and 10th place in the 2004 WSOP main event. In the latter tournament, Lüske won $373,000 and finished just one spot away from making the final table. These achievements in the 2003 and 2004 WSOP Main Events rank second behind Dan Harrington's back-to-back final table appearance in the same years and it was Harrington who eliminated Lüske in 2004.

Luske has numerous money finishes at the WSOP, including a 2nd place finish to Joe Awada in the 2004 $5,000 Seven-card stud tournament, for which he earned $120,800.

Lüske has won the European Poker Awards Player of the Year in 2001 and 2004.

In March 2005, Lüske correctly predicted Rob Hollink would win the European Poker Tour grand final. The following year Lüske himself made the EPT championship grand final, finishing 7th. In July 2005, he won the €10,000 Hall of Fame Poker Classic in Paris and took home €119,000.

In early 2007, Lüske produced a TV show called Veronica Poker with Noah Boeken, in which Dutch celebrities were taught to play poker. He also appeared in the show Poker Kings NL in which Boeken and Lüske filmed while attending poker tournaments. Later he appeared in the show Celebrity Poker on Tien television channel. Lüske was the first person to be eliminated in the World Series of Poker Europe, during the inaugural ₤2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, in September 2007.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,700,000.[1] His 20 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,173,396 of those winnings.[2]

Lüske was the poker mentor for David Williams (runner-up of the 2004 World Series of Poker) and Russian player Kirill Gerasimov, the runner-up of the World Poker Tour season 1 championship. (Lüske finished in 14th place in that tournament, earning $26,664.) Lüske formed the Circle of Outlaws group, which promotes young poker players.


  1. ^ Butt, Robert. "Marcel Lüske - Stats". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,

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