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Marcel Luske Interview on Day 2 of the 2008 WPT World Championship
The Flying Dutchman was indeed flying on Day 2 of the 2008 WPT World Championship.
Steve Wong is one of the many players who look up to Marcel Luske.
We all know you play EPT, WSOP and WPT but what's your favorite tour out of the three?
Well I really like the event that the EPT runs in Monte Carlo. Some of the other EPTs are good but if you go to the German event the management of the tournament is sometimes bad because they want to do things their own way. It's just the German way. They want to keep control of their own event. They have their own dealing staff and there are a few things that are done differently.
We have tried to help the industry by creating a new organization called FIDPA (Federation Internationale de Poker Association) and we wrote international poker rules. The Bellagio is the first one to use them. The Irish Open was also using them and Ballys is using them as well. We've worked closely with the staff at the Bellagio to create these rules and they incorporate TDA rules but they also work in regards to the floormen and the players as well.
We created these rules to protect the dealers and the players and create consistency in the game. FIDPA is created merely to support the poker industry; we don't ask for membership. We have one annual event - this year's will take place in Nottingham, U.K., on Aug. 23-31. There won't be a huge buy-in but our intent is to have deep stacks and make it an incredibly playable tournament.
How important is it to standardize the rules in poker?
Whatever you do in the poker industry it's clear that we need rules; otherwise people will keep seeing it not as a legitimate sporting event. Sport is defined as competition and if you're going to do something with no standardized rules than it is wild. If these rules are put into place then players will know what to expect wherever they go.
It took me one year to write up these rules with the help of FIDPA president Michelle Lau and then we had the help of Jack McClelland, Robert Ciaffone [and] players and tournament directors around the world to help finalize them. It's important to do this so the local is not the favorite wherever you go and international players can feel like "Honey I'm home" wherever they go to play a poker tournament.
One final question, Marcel, what are your plans after this event? Will you be heading back to Europe to rest up before the WSOP?
Well first of all I'd really like to win this event [laughs]. I'm going to be doing a great deal of work with FIDPA and helping governments create laws for regulating poker because a number of countries have no laws when it comes to poker.
Well thank you so much for your time, Marcel; good luck tomorrow.
Talking with Marcel Luske for a few minutes you get the feeling he is very passionate about the game of poker and wants to do everything within his power to help it succeed and grow. In addition he's a skilled player who always seems to rise to the occasion when the competition is fierce. It will be interesting to see what the Flying Dutchman has in store for Day 3 of the 2008 WPT World Championship.