Vienna Spring Poker Festival, Vienna
€200 Pot Limit Omaha
Report by Marcel Luske on Wednesday, 10 March 2004 at 3:33 pm

Marcel Luske, otherwise known as the Flying Dutchman, and one of the founders of the I.P.F. (International Poker Federation) has kindly agreed to share his thoughts on the current state of the poker world with us. He is currently playing at the Concord Card Casino in Vienna.

Marcel was ranked number one in Europe in 2001 and 2003 and has won many high profile poker tournaments worldwide.

"It is hard to explain but as a poker player you are looking for beautiful moments. It’s the challenge that spices up your soul. Funnily enough it is the bad beats that most of us talk about and not the joy that we have or we are supposed to have from meeting so many different kinds of people; all ages, all sizes in all different kinds of situations. This is just something for you to think about, if you like, whilst you play.

I have been thinking about this for a long time now and I often find myself day dreaming about it. Wouldn’t it be great if all poker players, in the environment that we exist, all had mutual respect for each other and acted that way. If we only all treated each other the way that we would like to be treated, wouldn’t that be great. I think that the key word is respect. Especially in our poker community life is give and take like winning and losing.

What makes my pokerworld and vision about it beautiful is to see the positive developments around us; television, sponsorships, advertisements. The business world realises that these are new markets and they are looking for material to show and things to get involved with, that means poker players – us!

It is great that the business world is willing to invest in us, sponsor and support us because by doing this they are showing that they believe in us and respect us. At this stage we all have a chance to show ourselves in our poker community, globally. Let’s grasp this opportunity that they are giving us and show them how great poker can be.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank all the poker players that I have played and am still playing with as well as all the ones who try to make the poker environment better especially the ones who are poker smart and business serious. "


Ross made his second final of the week yesterday in the Euro 200 Pot Limit Omaha with first place going to fellow Brit Richard Gryko. Well done Richard.

Full Result Pot Limit Omaha
March 9, 2004 at 3:00 PM

Buy-In Euro 200 + 20 Prize
Pool Euro 40,200
Entries 62 + 79 rebuys

1 Richard Gryko (Great Britain) Euro 14,516
2 Jacky Zhang (China) Euro 7,256
3 Josef Wipfler (Austria) Euro 4,582
4 Mikka Puro (Finland) Euro 3,437
5 Ronging Gu (China) Euro 2,482
6 Mehrmand Davood (Germany) Euro 1,909
7 Ross Boatman (Hendon) Euro 1,527
8 Morten Sembach (Denmark) Euro 1,336
9 Ahyan Alsanczak (Turkey) Euro 1,145