“Lex Live is a great social event, and I think it would be great for people to get out and experience it. You’ll see there are so many people just like you.”
Those are the words of Lex Veldhuis himself, and having attended the first two instalments of Lex’s community-driven poker festival, we can attest that every community member we met welcomed us warmly (often with a cold, frosty beverage in hand).
But just who are the good folks who make up this motley crew?
If you’re heading to Lex Live 3 in London this coming April (17-26) and you want to put some faces to the Twitch names you know in the chat, bookmark this page.
In the weeks leading up to Lex Live 3, we’ll be bringing you interviews with prominent members of Lex’s community, so you can get to know them that little bit better.
Click on the profiles below to get started.
Canada’s Ferris2000 is one of the most active members of Lex’s Twitch chat, but because he lives in Vancouver he’s sadly missed the first two editions of Lex Live. Fear not: Ferris2000 will be making the trip in April.
“When I go to other Twitch streams and see how toxic some of the chat is, I’m always proud of how great Lex’s community is. There are so many regulars in the chat each stream and you actually feel a genuine love between everyone. I’ve never met any of them and I feel like I know so many of them.”
Of anyone you meet at Lex Live 3 (aside from only Chris Moneymaker), you won’t find someone with a more incredible poker surname than Phil ‘TooGood32’ Toogood.
The Brit won his entry to Lex Live 3 on PokerStars, turning $0.75 into a $1,050 package. There, the former chef turned aspiring poker pro hopes to improve on his Lex Live 2, at which he cashed the Main Event.
“I was already excited about the prospect of going to LL3 so if I could find my way there for cheap, I figured I may as well give it a shot,” he told us.
Find out how he qualified, and how you could too.
Having overcome his crippling social anxiety to attend Lex Live 2, 29-year-old Norwegian Gardar ‘viTNE’ Svavarsson ended up having the time of his life, and made a big impression on everyone he met (you only have to look at the response to our tweet to see that this guy is very popular with the community).
“Lex’s community is just amazing,” he told us. “It’s pure and made out of gold, and so welcoming. Getting to know this kind of a community is mind-blowing! I’m so glad that I found it.”
viTNE will be back in London this April for beers, poker, and hugs. Why not join him?
Frank ‘Flenk88′ Waanders won his way to Lex Live 3 on PokerStars through online satellites, turning $0.75 into a $1,050 package. Having been a subscriber to Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch channel for a few years, he’ll now be attending his first ever Lex Live event at LL3.
“I’m looking forward to meeting Lex’s beaker army and hang out with them! I think the schedule looks really nice with all the side events and other fun things to do during the week. And last but not least, of course, the Main Event.”
Hailing from Gouda (known for its namesake cheese) in The Netherlands, Mzzlaar is a 31-year-old who really made a splash at Lex Live 2. He took down the PLO event, and made two other final tables.
“I have attended both Lex Live 1 and 2, and I’ll do everything to ensure I never miss a future edition,” he told us.
We spoke with Mzzlaar to find out how he discovered Lex, what the atmosphere is like at a Lex Live event, and why his trophy needs a friend.
While he’s looking forward to meeting everyone in the community for the first time, Norway’s ‘Driftinator’ will have an extra special reason to live it up at Lex Live 3.
“I actually turn 21 years old just three days before the event starts,” he tells us. “So I guess we can count it as a celebration as well!”
We caught up with ‘Driftinator’ to find out how he discovered poker, why he started streaming, what he’s looking forward to at LL3, and what exactly an SMT line operator does.
You’ll no doubt already be familiar with him if you’ve spent time watching Lex on Twitch, or you simply peruse the Twitch poker streets. As a streamer in his own right, London-based ‘RichyRob’ became one of the two winners of GJ Reggie and Pyefacepoker’s #DaretoStream competition on Christmas Eve 2019, earning himself a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).
We caught up RR just as he was returning from a poker vacation in Miami to find out what he’s looking forward to at LL3, his goals for the future, and more.
Of all the people from Lex Veldhuis’s Twitch community who gather for Lex Live, only one of them has others frequently coming up to them and swearing. All in the name of fun, I should point out.
That person is Croaks, also known as Adrian, and he’s one of Veldhuis’s Twitch moderators. As a cornerstone of the community, Croaks tell us how he got into Twitch, what it takes to be a moderator, and the history behind his namesake meme (#F**kCroaks!).
Damiano ‘DAMMO_23’ Aloi had never been outside his native Australia prior to Lex Live 2 back in October 2019. The community means so much to him that he flew more than 10,000 miles to get to know everyone in person.
“To know all the people in chat online is one thing, but to come and actually meet them is unbelievable,” he told us. “I’ve made some new friends, met people I’ve chatted with once or twice, everybody is just so friendly. I’ve already said I’ll be at Lex Live 3!”
At Lex Live 2, there was a scavenger hunt resulting in six finalists who battled it out on the poker table for a Platinum Pass. The winner of that competition was Northern Ireland’s Tom Parsons. But you might know the 21-year-old better by his Twitch name, “Predator410”.
Parsons, a Twitch-streamer in his own right, will now be heading to Barcelona in August to play in the €22,500 buy-in PokerStars Players Championship 2020.
“You have to come to Lex Live,” Parsons says. “Everyone you meet will say hello. Everyone wears name tags so you know who they are. It’s just been the most amazing community experience. The opportunities for people here have been so good.”
Prior to each Lex Live, we get to know some of the community members who win their way in via online satellites on PokerStars.
At the inuagural Lex Live in Namur, one of those was Sanne “Antim00n” Bombeek, a legend of the chat.
“I’m going to Lex Live to meet the community that Lex built and that I have grown to love. Playing a couple of hands of poker while there is just a nice bonus. Twitch is where Lex and poker came together for me.”
At Lex Live 2 we were introduced to Glenn van Ingelghem, one of Lex’s former Twitch moderators. Having only ever played live poker at the Holland Casino in Breda, the nearest casino to where he lives in the Netherlands, van Ingelghem ventured to London in October 2019 to meet up with the rest of the community, having won his way into the Main Event online.
“I can only tell you that in the hardest moments of my life, [Lex] was the guy that cheered me up,” he told us.
You’ll soon be able to win your way to Lex Live 3 online. Click here to open a PokerStars account and get started.