Lex Veldhuis Smashes Twitch Viewership Record

His channel peaked at around 58,000 concurrent viewers, the highest on the whole Twitch platform.

Last night, PokerStars Team Pro member and Twitch poker star, Lex Veldhuis, broke the 50,000 viewership mark on his Twitch channel as he came close to reaching the final table of the $10,300 buy-in SCOOP Main Event.

At its peak, Lex Veldhuis’ channel was the highest watched stream on the whole of the Twitch platform with over 58,799 viewers. It sets a new record for concurrent viewers of any poker Twitch stream.

The previous record of the most concurrent viewers was around 37,000 set by another legendary poker live-streamer, Jason Somerville. That record came during WCOOP in 2015. In fact, Lex came very close to beating that record two years ago.

Lex made it into Day 3 of the SCOOP Main Event along with his friend Spraggy also PokerStars Team Pro. Unfortunately, Spraggy was knocked out by Lex with Aces, and eventually finished in 30th place for close to $41,000.

“That’s the worst I’ve ever felt winning a hand,” Veldhuis tweeted after knocking his friend.

Lex finished in 15th place and won over $62,000.

9 players remain in the tournament and will battle it out today, with each guaranteed to win at least $95k. The first-place prize is $1.06 million.

“I think words fall short of what tonight’s session was,” Lex said to PokerStarsBlog. “I broke the world record for the number of viewers for Twitch Poker with 58,799. I live in a town with only 48,000 or so people who live here. That’s crazy.”

“When I saw the viewer amount I couldn’t believe it,” Lex said. “I was ranked no.1 on Twitch out of 125,000 live streams. It’s overwhelming how crazy that is. It feels like such a milestone.”

“It was a super hard struggle. I was card dead, but in the end, I’m super happy,” he said. “I finished 14 spots away from $1M which always hurts, but the overwhelming thing to take away from today is the Twitch record and the support I received from everybody, the subs, good friends, family, everybody was sweating it so hard. All the messages I got after, it’s an insanely nice bonus.”

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WATCH: Quarantine Quickfire Questions with Daniel Negreanu

Still stuck in the house? Well, take some time to check out this cool interview with poker pro and GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu.

As usual, Lee Davy brings a lot of interesting questions, and Daniel is there to rattle off answers.

Watching the short vid below you will learn about Daniel’s:

  • Worst habit
  • Favorite album of all-time
  • The most famous person in his phone

and more – so check it out!

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Isaac Haxton Compares PokerStars and partypoker on the Weekly Poker Showdown

High stakes poker pro and partypoker ambassador, Isaac “Ike” Haxton is the latest guest on the Weekly Poker Showdown podcast with host and fellow Team partypoker member Jaime Staples.

Ike gives his thoughts on a number of different topics including on how PokerStars (where Ike was a brand ambassador for years prior to the Supernova Elite scandal) and partypoker compare. Given how outspoken Ike was at the time and that he decided to end his time as a sponsored pro as a result of the handling of Supernova Elite program, the comments he makes (and those he doesn’t) are quite interesting.

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Other topics you won’t want to miss Ike talk on include:

  • What he thinks is essential to learning poker today
  • Typical pitfalls new players encounter
  • The biggest mistakes of his career
  • His work with partypoker on fraud prevention
  • And, what he would do if he were King for a day at partypoker

You can check out the interview below.

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Do Live Slots Point to an Enhanced Casino Experience?

If you are a reader of this site and, as such, a keen poker player, it’s really worth watching what’s going on with the live dealer arm of online casinos. Most of the major online casino brands will now offer games with real dealers; and, while we wouldn’t say the experience has been perfected yet, it feels like this entertainment genre is heading in the right direction.

Live casino is still evolving. After all, the technology and format are just a few years old. For poker players, there remain some drawbacks. For instance, there still isn’t the opportunity to play against other players in the same manner as you would in a dedicated poker site.

But a live casino site isn’t about poker alone, and it’s interesting to see some of the other games that have been released on some platform. Playtech, Evolution Gaming and NetEnt Live are arguably the three most important software developers for the live dealer market, and all three have been expanding beyond the traditional card and table games. Finding live casino titles based on things like tv game shows is now an expectation rather than a surprising discovery for players.

Live slots offer different dynamic

One of the more interesting areas for the live industry, however, is the concept of live slot machines. As you can see from these wildlife slots at casino.com/ca, the genre of casino gaming has changed a lot. There is no longer a standard template for slot machines; technology has allowed developers to create whatever they please. Indeed, it’s not necessary to have linear reels and symbols anymore. In short, the games have become more varied and, arguably, exciting.

But live slots offers something a little different. We could argue that the choice of game – Playtech has chosen Buffalo Blitz as its flagship live slot machine – is secondary to what the live concept is all about; namely, community gaming. That’s the key to live slot games. Winning and losing as a group online offers the same sort of attraction as a craps table in a swanky casino resort. It’s not the gameplay that’s important, but the ability to interact with other players.

And, for some observers, this is the point about live casino and a clue to its future direction. Playing Three Card Poker with a real dealer is a cool experience, and you should not underestimate the level of innovative technology that has made that possible. Live slots point to a future of live gaming that goes beyond a feed from a studio to your device. Instead, it opens up the possibility of live community gaming, and that’s altogether a more interesting prospect.

VR the next step in live gaming

One reason we are excited about this prospect, even if the idea of live slots looks a little rudimentary at the moment, is that the same developers, like Playtech and Evolution, are pouring huge amounts of money into VR/AR development. This could be a major step forward in the experience offered by the online casino industry, eclipsing the move to mobile gaming in the 2000s and the live dealer roll-out in the 2010s.

The use of VR could virtually put people in the room together, allowing them to interact with the games like never before. For poker players that could mean being able to play ‘live’ against opponents and not just the dealer. More importantly, it could mean being able to look those opponents in the eye. Live slots are the first step in bringing live community gaming together, but it could bloom into something much more sophisticated.

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