Thursday, December 23, 2004

The Magic of Marcel Luske

Anyone who been around the poker scene for more than 5 minutes will know the somewhat shady rumours about Marcel's past. I have no idea if they are true or not and before anyone asks, I have no intention of reproducing them here.

There was also the episode where he "bought" the trophy in a heads up a deal with Jan Boubli at the Vic a couple of years ago in order to gain the extra ranking points in his quest to be European Player of the Year.

I played with Marcel for the first time in the States at the Bellagio a couple of weeks ago. Marcel is a bona fide star in the USA. His impressive performances at the WSOP tv table on ESPN (the show is way more popular than the WPT) have made him a huge name. He sang at the table, gave almost clairvoyant assessments of other players hole cards, dressed like a Hollywood superstar and mentored young David Willaims even while Marcel was still playing the tournament.

The railbirds crowded round and watched his every move. Even other players seemed in awe of him.

His reaction to the bally hoo impressive beyond belief. He had a kind word and a wink for everyone. He shook the hands of seemingly hunderds of railbirds. He signed more autographs than David Beckham could ever hope to get through. He had his photo taken with countless fans. He even made the heart of a middle aged female fan go fluttering by giving her a quick peck on the lips. He didn't disappoint his legion of fans by bursting into song a couple of times.

If he ever produces a Dvd like Hellmuth and Lederer I guarantee it will be a best seller.

Marcel is not a great poker player. I would far rather be on his table than that of Gary Jones, Rob Hollink or Shar Koumi or lots of other European players the Yanks have never heard of.

But Marcel is a star. He does something I have never seen any other poker player do consistantly.

He puts smiles on peoples faces.

And for that he must be cherished.



4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to your comment "Marcel is not a great poker player."

Well he seems to be doing a very good impression of one.
Is he just taking part in one of those reality TV shows like C4's `Faking It` ? When are they screening it ?
I Can't wait to find out what his real job is.

Wetfish

P.S.
like yuur blog

6:35 PM  
Blogger The Camel said...

He is a good player, but, in my opinion, not a great one.

He has a ton of rebuys in every rebuy event (probably more than Jac Arama, believe it or not) and he overplays AK, AQ and AJ.

He also plays more events than virtually every player on tour.

All that being said, his results in the last two WSOP main events are pretty astounding and I can only tip my hat to him for them.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Ignatious said...

Anyone who been around the poker scene for more than 5 minutes will know the somewhat shady rumours about Marcel's past. I have no idea if they are true or not and before anyone asks, I have no intention of reproducing them here.
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aww cmon, give us the goods!! i'm willing to grovel.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe theyre all smiling cause theyre afraid the fuckerll shoot them if they dont.

1:51 AM  

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