Lex Veldhuis, nicknamed – RaSZi, is a Dutch professional poker player who is best known as number 1 Poker streamer on Twitch.
Veldhuis was born on December 29, 1983, in Vlissingen, a small harbor town in the southwestern Netherlands.
After high school, Lex went to Erasmus University in Rotterdam for a degree in Criminology. However, he abandoned his studies to play poker.
”I dropped out of university to play poker.”
Veldhuis went on to say:
”I would definitely not recommend anybody to do this; especially nowadays where the skill level is so high.”
Lex was recruited by Team Liquid to play in their StarCraft team.
StarCraft is a video game that is owned by Blizzard Entertainment and was created by James Phinney and Chris Metzen.
During an interview, Veldhuis declared:
”In my teenage years, I started playing StarCraft at a really high level.”
Note – Team Liquid is a multi-regional professional esports organization which was founded in 2000. Team Liquid signed several professional players after the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.
On January 6, 2015, Steven “LiQuiD112” Arhancet become a co-owner of Team Liquid.
Later, Lex met Bertrand Grospellier, a French former StarCraft esports player and a poker player who has won a European Poker Tour title, a World Series of Poker bracelet, and a World Poker Tour.
Bertrand inspired Veldhuis to start his online poker career. Lex explained:
”While in university, one of my gaming friends told me that there is a game called ‘poker’ which you can play for money.”
Veldhuis later added:
”I was looking for a summer job, so I started playing poker.”
In 2005, Bertrand deposited Lex’s first $10 at PokerStars, the largest real money online poker site in the world, that controls more than 2/3 of the total online poker market.
Lex is currently a member of the Pokerstars Pro Team Online.
In 2009, he was knocked out of the WSOP Vegas on day 2 after finishing high with 84,000 chips.
He is also a member of the Dutch Hall of Fame of Poker.
In September 2019, Veldhuis earned 2nd place in the WCOOP-30-H and received the award of $91,695.
He is one of the biggest poker streamers on Twitch with more than 188,000 followers. More importantly, Lex has over 10,000 subscribers.
Veldhuis usually streams high/mid-stakes tournaments on PokerStars with average monthly buy-ins of $40,000.
In September 2018, he peaked at 32,839 concurrent viewers, making his stream the second-most-watched poker Twitch stream at the time, according to Poker News.
Note – American poker player Jason Somerville is the only poker Twitch streamer to have gotten more viewers at one time.
During a recent interview, Lex said about streaming on Twitch:
“I love Twitch; I love streaming, I love poker.”
”The more significant my stream gets, the more doors open and the bigger my level gets.”
In October 2018, he collapsed on the street. Initially, it was thought that Lex had a heart irregularity, however, he just needed more rest.
He posted on Twitter:
”I’m sorry guys I have to cancel my meet and greet today.”
Veldhuis also wrote:
”I’m fine, don’t worry, but I collapsed on the street yesterday.”
After the scare, the poker star changed his stream schedule, specifically more streaming during the day. He said to PokerListings:
”I learned from the past. There were times when I would disregard my health completely.”
Lex went on to say:
”I would play all night and sometimes all weekends without a minute of sleep.”
He also declared:
”I try to live a healthy, very steady life, to make up for the moments when I go completely crazy.”
Lex Veldhuis was romantically involved with Evelyn Ng, a Canadian professional poker player.
Evelyn also dated Canadian poker player Daniel Negreanu.
In November 2011, Lex got engaged.
”I think it’s really important to pick your battles, and also I think it’s really important to do things that you’re passionate about.”
”The job is to look from the outside to the play at the table and explain what’s going on.”
“When you look at a poker growth perspective Twitch is so good because you can’t get closer to poker than Twitch.”
He mentored Fátima Moreira de Melo with her professional poker career. She is a former Dutch field hockey player of Portuguese descent. Currently, Fátima is part of the Team PokerStars: Sportstars.
In 2010, he became a member of Team PokerStars Pro.
Veldhuis is a big fan of Game of Thrones. He told Poker Stars:
”I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and it’s a sticking point for us because she really doesn’t like it.”
”If I point out that a GoT dragon is ‘epic,’ she thinks I’m the biggest nerd there is.”
In 2011, Lex (with a KJ suited) was bluffed by Phil Ivey who had a 52 offsuit.
The pot was at $256,700.
Note – Phil Ivey is an American professional poker player who was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame. He appeared at 9 World Poker Tour final tables.
In addition, Ivey has won one World Poker Tour title as well as 10 World Series of Poker bracelets.
Lex Veldhuis – Net Worth
Veldhuis earned most of his wealth from playing poker. His biggest prize was a $40,000 buy-in NLHE WSOP event where he won more than $277,000. His total live earnings are over $688,000.
In addition, Lex earns money from his sponsors as well as from streaming on Twitch. On the platform, Veldhuis makes money from ads, donations, and subscribers. Currently, Lex has over 10,000 subscribers, meaning $25,000 in revenue per month. Therefore, Lex Veldhuis has an estimated net worth of $0.8 million.
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