Lex Veldhuis, born 1983 in Vlissingen, Holland.
Before becoming one of the best online tournament players, Lex was a professional Star Craft player. The video game was popular and still is to this day. He would travel to all the big Star Craft events around the world and he would eventually meet up with the person who helped him start his poker career.
During a Star Craft tournament, he would French player - Elky Bertrand. Elky is one of the top pros both online and live. Elky would convince Lex that online poker was right for him. To help get him started, Elky would even make his first deposit to help him out.
In 2005, Lex would launch his poker career and hasn't looked back since. He has become one of the more notable online players and is starting to make a name for himself live as well. He has twice been on the top of the online tournament leaderboards and is now a member of Team Poker Stars.
Lex has almost $1 million in career tournament winnings both live and online. His biggest cash came at the 2009 WSOP where final tabled the $40K No Limit Event for $277,000.
Much of his success comes online at the cash tables where he is a regular at the high stakes games. He also competes every year for the prestigious title of Super Nova elite at Poker Stars.
Lex is probably best known for his boxing match with Elky. What started as a rough housing night in a Las Vegas hotel room, turned into one of the best events in poker history.
Elky claimed no one could beat him in a fight and Lex quickly took on the challenge. Instead of duking it out right then, the two would go so far as to set up a professional match where the winner took all.
They would take 2 years and spend $30,000 on licenses and even have the match televised on a Spanish TV program.
The fight drew worldwide attention and poker player's form around the world was in on the action. Daniel Negranuea was at the forefront of this match taking on all bets and even posted on Twitter that he was taking up to $50,000 in action for the fight.
Lex would go on to win the fight and to their credit, it was a legitimate fight. Real punches and kicks were thrown and Elky would get knocked out in the 2nd round.
Lex has also been seen on various poker shows including High Stakes Poker and the Big Game over at Poker Stars
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