Marcel Lüske in 2008
|Nickname(s)||The Flying Dutchman|
23 March 1953 |
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
Marcel Lüske (Amsterdam, Netherlands 23 March 1953) is a Dutch professional poker player. He finished 10th in the 2004 WSOP Main Event. Lüske encourages the development of younger poker players and has mentored professional players Noah Boeken, David Williams, and Kirill Gerasimov.
Lüske was born in Amsterdam in 1953. His father was a butcher and a boxer, and he named Marcel after his favorite French pugilist, Marcel Sardain. He grew up in the Netherlands, where he wanted to be a singer, but he ended up at the center of his country's government, The Hague, working for customs. He moved on to working in a nightclub, owning a bar in the Amsterdam marketplace, and opening a card club in Antwerp, Belgium. As a hobby, he and his brothers picked up Five-Card Stud and played in their downtime at the market. Lüske's card skills among the local vendors led them to suggest him to enter a $1,000 buy-in tournament in Prague. As a result of his successful playing, he won over $40,000 playing poker and turned professional. He began flying from city to city to play poker, earning himself the nickname "The Flying Dutchman".
Late Night Poker
World Series of Poker
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 are similar to Dan Harrington's back-to-back final table appearance in the same years, and it was Harrington who eliminated Lüske in 2004. Luske's 10th place finish in the 2004 Main Event is his largest tournament cash to date.
Lüske has cashed at the WSOP 30 times for $1,327,363.
Other poker accomplishments
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.
On April 13, 2006, Lüske won a $3,000 buy-in event at the Fourth Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic in Las Vegas. He won $315,630, which is his second-largest cash.
In early 2007, Lüske produced a TV show called Veronica Poker with fellow poker professional 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 history of the World Series of Poker Europe, during the inaugural ₤2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, in September 2007.
Lüske formed the Circle of Outlaws group, which promotes young poker players.
As of 2017, Lüske's total live tournament winnings exceed $4,400,000.
- Butt, Robert. "Marcel Lüske - Statistics". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2008-04-28.