Collecting trophies, streaming live
I had a wonderful experience at the EPT Barcelona and was honored to win Mixed Games Player of the Year for EPT Season 9. PokerStars always throws great parties and the EPT Awards were no different. I had a great time and at one point, I gave my trophy to one of the EPT staffers for a moment. While she had it, one of the PokerNews guys borrowed it for a photo. One thing led to another, and by the end of the night it was somehow on it's way back to England! The funny thing is, one of the mixed game events I won at the PCA also awarded a nice trophy that is not quite yet in my possession. It looks amazing but it was so heavy and I wasn't sure I'd be able to get it on the plane back to Europe with me. I asked PokerStars if they could do me a favor and pack it up with all the equipment they were taking back to the London office and I would pick it up the next time I was there. I'm going to be in London again soon and I'd better not forget to bring them home!
Away from the tables, I'm busy with some ongoing projects. I've just launched the beta version of Elitist Club, a new website where I can stream my game live while I'm playing tournaments on PokerStars. People can watch me play, hear my voice as I explain the reasoning behind certain moves, and ask questions that I'll answer live. I'll be posting all the tournaments I intend to stream on the site up to a week in advance so fans will know when to log on and watch. One event I'll keep in rotation a lot of the time is the Sunday Storm. It's only an $11 buy-in so it's really accessible for people who want to play in it alongside me, but still offers a pretty big prize pool. We're still working out some of the technical kinks, but I think this concept could do a lot for poker in the future. Fans get to communicate with pros directly and pros can lift the curtain a little bit when it comes to how they make their living. Instead of doing traditional interviews, pros can easily live stream their own "show" and take questions from the audience.
As ambassadors of the game, its up to us to assure players that online poker is a credible, secure, and fair game. I want to do anything I can to make sure players have a good experience at the tables and that they keep coming back. By opening up my own process, I hope to inspire new players and hopefully keep them entertained as well! Keep an eye on my website, MarcelLuske.com. I'll be announcing my first Sunday Storm live stream soon!
Marcel Luske is a member of Team PokerStars Pro