PokerStars' all-time ambassador, the Netherlands' most famous player and the planet's top poker streamer.
In May 2020, Lex Veldhuis made it to the third day of the SCOOP main event. He streamed his game on Twitch with 58,799 people watching at its peak, making it the most watched poker stream of all time. No other poker stream has ever come close to that figure before or since.
As a teenager, Lex discovered StarCraft, which he spent all his free time playing. It was there that he had his fateful meeting with Bertrand Grospellier: Elky told Veldhuis about online poker and helped him make his first deposit of $10. A year later, Lex dropped out of college.
He joined the PokerStars Team Pro in 2009. He became a real star after making it to the TV table of the WSOP Main Event where he played every pot and bluffed like a badass. Since then he's been on some of TV's biggest shows such as High Stakes Poker and The Big Game.
Lex first achieved Supernova Elite status in 2013 and kept it until Stars’ loyalty programme was reformed in late 2015. Then, like many greenhorns, he had to think about where to go next. Streaming became the solution: Veldhuis went live for the first time on February 29, 2016. Six years later, his subscribers have grown to 300,000 - more than his two main competitors combined.
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