As we enter the Asper’s Casino in Stratford on a wet, blustery Tuesday evening, one thing becomes abundantly clear: this weather is perfect for live poker.

After all, why would you want to go outside when there’s a full festival of Main Events, side events, and Twitch community Sit&Gos taking place in the warm surroundings of a London casino?

You see, Lex Veldhuis is in town for the second edition of Lex Live; a ten-day poker shindig which sees PokerStars Ambassadors and members of his Twitch community coming together in person, hanging out, going for food and beers (so many beers), taking part in fun activities, and of course battling against each other and the London locals on the poker tables of Asper’s in Westfield Stratford City.


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The cool thing about it? Everyone is wearing name tags.

Now I know what you’re thinking, that probably doesn’t sound very cool. But it is when you consider a lot of people here are meeting for the first time, and they all know each other by their Twitch handles rather than their real names.

(Oh, and if anyone wants to buy us a beer, I’ll be the guy with the ‘PokerStars Blog’ tag. Cheers.)

Lex himself has been here for six days already.

We’ve already seen winners crowned in fun-filled side events like the £40 8-Game, the £50 + £50 Big Bounty, and the £50 6+ event. Stay tuned for the rest of the week as we catch up with the winners of those, each of whom will take home a Lex Live 2 trophy.

Plus, community Sit&Gos are filling up all the time. PokerStars’ own Melanie Moser even defeated Benj “Spraggy” Spragg for one such victory.

The next Day 1 of the £230 Main Event (which comes with a £100K guarantee) will take place tomorrow (October 2) at 6pm. If you fancy getting here earlier, there’s a £50 Mini Bounty at 11am which is sure to wake everyone up.

Even if you don’t fancy playing poker, hit the machines and you never know what might happen. Right, Zeeth?

As we’re putting faces to the names here at Lex Live 2, it’s only fair we let you do the same.

Check back to PokerStars Blog all week for interviews with Twitch regulars, PokerStars Ambassadors, online qualifiers and more.

Outside it’s raining, it’s pouring…but going outside is boring.

Bring on Lex Live 2.

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