Lex Veldhuis is on Fire in the PokerStars New Year Series

Lex Veldhuis is on Fire in the PokerStars New Year Series

The $35 million guaranteed PokerStars New Year Series kicked off on December 24 with the first events from a 350-tournament schedule. Stellar names have packed the 63 completed events so far, and PokerStars ambassador Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis has been mixing it up with the best of them.

Veldhuis is spending the next four months in New Zealand, meaning most of the PokerStars New Year Series tournaments shuffle up and deal during the morning for him. Poker players are not usually known for their punctuality or their willingness to rise and shine early doors, but the red-eye start times seem to be working in Veldhuis' favor.

On Christmas Eve, Veldhuis came out on top of the $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO event, and walked away with $24,220, including bounties. As Veldhuis was riding that tournament home across the finishing line, he triumphed in the $320 NLHE 8-Max PKO, boosting his bankroll by an additional $12,863.

Two wins straight off the bat set the tone for Veldhuis, and the popular Dutch streamer seems to be going deep in more than his fair share of New Year Series events. Veldhuis found himself third in chips going into Day 2 of the $2,024 NLHE 8-Max New Year Special, and with a legitimate chance of bagging the $79,374 top prize. However, the Poker Gods had other ideas, and things didn't plan out for Veldhuis. He crashed out in 15th from 211 entrants, a finish good for $6,389.

Alejandro "Papo MC" Lococo, Veldhuis' teammate, navigated his way to the final table, but ultimately had to make do with a fifth-place finish worth $26,804. This event was eventually won by Ukraine's "drew.derzh" who defeated Jonathan "x_zola25" Skovsen heads-up, securing a $79,374 payday in the process.

Biggest Payout of the Series Thus Far

One of the other New Year Specials, the $202.40 buy-in edition, awarded the largest payout of the New Year Series so far. Some 3,392 players fought it out for the lion's share of a $750,000 prize pool. First place should have paid out $107,767, but a three-way chop changed that.

"cardinals970" finished third for $74,969, a few bucks more than "99dm84" collected for their runner-up finish. Mexico-based Felix "TheDegendFund" Van De Put scooped a $90,095 top prize.

Van De Put's impressive haul will only stay the largest New Year Series score for a few days because some massive events are on the horizon.

Four Seven-Figure Prize Pools Up for Grabs

In addition the $5,200 buy-in $350,000 guaranteed Titans Event on January 7, and the $10,300 buy-in, $600,000 guaranteed Super Tuesday High Roller on January 9, there are four upcoming tournaments each with a $1 million+ guarantee on their prize pool.

This Sunday, January 7, marks the first-ever mystery bounty event PokerStars has hosted, and what better way to get off the mark than by making the Sunday Million a mystery bounty edition? $109 is the buy-in, and $1 million is the guarantee; expect some incredible mystery bounties.

January 14 sees three No-Limit Hold'em Main Events commence at 5:30 p.m. GMT. They come with buy-ins of $109, $1,050, and $5,200, with guarantees weighing in at $1 million, $1.25 million, and $1.5 million, respectively. It would not be a surprise to see Veldhuis putting together a deep run in any of the aforementioned tournaments.

PokerStars New Year Series Results So Far

EventEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
#2-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max PKO10,758$52,714mike21_4life$4,440*
#2-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max PKO3,535$176,750DarkSkies21$18,756*
#2-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max PKO216$108,000dimadub93$21,481*
#3: $109 NLHE 8-Max Big $109 Christmas Edition993$100,000Foxdie999$16,439
#4-L: $33 NLHE 8-Max PKO4,635$139,050ShishuiUch1ha$12,798*
#4-M: $215 NLHE 8-Max PKO776$155,200Breno2728$22,850*
#4-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO120$125,000Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis$24,220*
#5-L: $11 PLO 6-Max PKO2,382$25,000donkey7n2$2,989*
#5-M: $109 PLO 6-Max PKO346$35,000silage98$5,255*
#5-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max PKO39$40,000ShipitFTW911$17,503*
#6: $320 NLHE 8-Max PKO226$67,800Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis$12,863*
#7-L: $5.50 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO7,462$36,563sirtenzoe$3,480*
#7-M: $55 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO2,242$112,100And_Blr$10,702*
#7-H: $530 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO136$68,000Heidegger807$15,882*
#8-L: $3.30 NLHE 6-Max Monster Stacks11,516$33,857mother68$4,430
#8-M: $33 NLHE 6-Max Monster Stacks4,415$132,45008141$18,881
#8-H: $320 NLHE 6-Max Monster Stacks352$105,600Sergey260594$19,394
#9-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max PKO11,524$112,935Mcdermutt$8,266*
#9-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max PKO2,414$241,400blaboub$25,176*
#9-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max PKO94$125,000Roman "RomeOpro" Romanovsky$35,156*
#10-L: $5.50 HORSE1,046$5,152GamarraFCP$936
#10-M: $55 HORSE204$10,200aDrENalin710$2,065
#10-H: $530 HORSE38$20,000Ac-King00$7,301
#11-L: $11 NLHE 5-Max Turbo PKO8,142$79,791AAligator33$6,940*
#11-M: $109 NLHE 5-Max Turbo PKO1,062$106,200VincentFirst$13,446*
#11-H: $1,050 NLHE 5-Max Turbo PKO69$80,0001obster$20,407*
#12: $109 NLHE 8-Max Fenomeno691$69,10012371237$11,917
#13: $55 NLHE Heads-Up Turbo Total PKO Zoom1,555$77,750Log_Virus$8,478
#14: $22 NLHE 8-Max Daily Eliminator5,458$109,160hatenow88$8,951
#15-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max PKO13,059$63,989Jojo491973$4,698*
#15-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max PKO4,367$218,350ChristianBR4$23,087*
#15-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max PKO268$134,000JackRipperJr$25,198*
#16-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday10,467$102,576christi1298$13,596
#16-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday1,843$184,300superskill77$27,677
#16-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday189$200,000jpsalgadocr0$39,729
#17-L: $2.20 PL Badugi 8-Max PKO1,575$3,087Serge_rf95$397*
#17-M: $22 PL Badugi 8-Max PKO313$6,26017neffetS_BR$1,262*
#17-H: $215 PL Badugi 8-Max PKO32$10,000Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich$3,469*
#18: $11 NLHE 5-Max Win the Button3,086$30,242Carokannix$4,359
#19-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO9,659$47,329Tommescrawn$4,286*
#19-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO2,913$145,650olionhysaj$13,599*
#19-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO171$85,500mc1dot$18,222*
#20: $22 NLHE 4-Max Bounty Quads2,486$49,720kistomika1990$3,755*
#21: $33 NLHE 7-Max Hyper PKO1,967$61,822No_to_peszek$6,740*
#23-L: $2.20 NLHE 8-Max9,550$18,718Braidote$2,585
#23-M: $22 NLHE 8-Max6,361$127,220GOT3As$18,082
#23-H: $215 NLHE 8-Max591$118,200Ilewxa$20,735
#24-L: $11 NLHE 5-Max PKO8,948$87,690penny1701$6,314*
#24-M: $109 NLHE 5-Max PKO1,881$188,100Martboyo$18,578*
#24-H: $1,050 NLHE 5-Max PKO105$105,000Luis "luis_faria" Faria$29,035*
#25-L: $5.50 PLO 6-Max PKO3,111$15,243luizbode$1,719*
#25-M: $55 PLO 6-Max PKO723$36,150GHOSTFACE9.85,818*
#25-H: $530 PLO 6-Max PKO86$43,000MaTitheone$11,954*
#26-L: $3.30 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO9,071$26,668enjoyka771$2,191*
#26-M: $33 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO4,322$129,660shanesc$12,424*
#26-H: $320 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO275$82,500gnetaren$12,891*
#27: $55 NLHE 7-Max Hyper PKO1,382$72,389jambo669$11,106*
#28: $27 NLO8 Heads-Up Turbo Total KO Zoom914$22,438belyi9$3,338*
#29-L: $3.30 NLHE 8-Max9,598$28,218Kv3l3rt4k$3,892
#29-M: $33 NLHE 8-Max3,667$110,010babyb00mer$15,765
#29-H: $320 NLHE 8-Max369$110,700Inflaatio$15,199
#30-L: $22 NLE 8-Max PKO Thursday Thrill9,070$181,400IamTABASCO$15,629*
#30-M: $215 NLHE 8-Max PKO Thursday Thrill1,107$221,400Cbotacin$31,673*
#30-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max PKO Thursday Thrill113$226,000Shark180599$50,990*
#31-L: $3.30 Stud932$2,740MiStErZYX$507
#31-M: $33 Stud195$7,500Leon_Javur$1,340
#32: $55 NLHE Heads-Up Total KO1,398$69,900Peshka1991$6,975*
#33-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO9,586$93,942RenanLaPola$8,361*
#33-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO1,457$145,700Lanket$16,116*
#33-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO107$107,000mamamamama70$24,866*
#34: $55 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO1,283$65,000Zanos_Goda$7,546*
#35: $109 NLO8 6-Max Turbo PKO289$30,000Robin "Robinho" Ylitalo$6,133*
#36-L: $2.20 NLHE 8-Max Deep Stack10,414$20,411Zugolaro$2,709
#36-M: $22 NLHE 8-Max Deep Stack6,941$138,820vulturu13$19,721
#36-H: $215 NLHE 8-Max Deep Stack471$94,200PyThaGoLiX$12,895
#37-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max PKO The Acai9,894$48,480Moutatack2222$4,253*
#37-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max PKO The Acai3,720$186,000pushstyle777$20,520*
#37-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max PKO The Acai235$117,500iBreakU_U$23,899*
#38-L: $2.20 8-Game 6-Max1,838$4,000AlessandroBJ$438
#38-M: $22 8-Gme 6-Max780$15,600Gaisska$2,648
#38-H: $215 8-Game 6-Max125$30,000Leon_Javur$6,744
#39-L: $5.50 NLHE The Rounder7,241$35,480Ketamine2801$5,054
#39-M: $55 NLHE The Rounder1,285$64,250TarzanThorben$10,015
#39-H: $530 NLHE The Rounder231$46,200carta25$8,913
#40: $109 NLHE 8-Max Fenomeno693$69,300AngerFish425$11,798
#41: $109 NLHE Heads-Up Turbo Total KO Zoom878$87,800sanychamid$9,001*
#42: $33 NLHE 8-Max Hyper PKO1,557$48,936dholanda283$5,989*
#43: $55 NLHE 8-Max PKO3,400$170,000Tarcidio$19,669*
#44-L: $2.20 NLHE 8-Max PKO12,011$23,541DonZordon$2,126*
#44-M: $22 NLHE 8-Max PKO6,830$136,600Deobandi$12,271*
#44-H: $215 NLHE 8-Max PKO592$118,400Assad91$16,411*
#45-L: $11 NLHE 7-Max PKO Big KO13,517$132,466Jacks_Ten$7,534*
#45-M: $109 NLHE 7-Max PKO Big KO1,977$197,700starswins :)$20,061*
#45-H: $1,050 NLHE 7-Max PKO Big KO139$139,000Joker1002$32,225*
#46-L: $11 Razz 8-Max PKO784$10,000Sz4t4n$1,358*
#46-M: $109 Razz 8-Max PKO130$15,000chaka-G$3,660*
#46-H: $1,050 Razz 8-Max PKO30$30,000CMoosepower$13,258*
#47-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Copacabana7,179$35,177gomsipjorn$4,999
#47-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Copacabana1,445$72,250dougmd83$11,085
#47-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Copacabana175$87,500Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver$17,628
#48-L: $2.20 NLHE 6-Max Turbo6,752$13,233coucou27$1,884
#48-M: $22 NLHE 6-Max Turbo4,059$81,180Bernardo807$11,604
#48-H: $215 NLHE 6-Max Turbo368$73,600twardy666$13,517
#49: $2 NLHE Heads-Up Turbo Total KO Zoom2,013$40,260victhereaper99$3,662*
#50-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max Deep Stack11,598$56,830Slavik_54rus$7,431
#50-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max Deep Stack3,719$185,950Teddygram902$22,581
#50-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max Deep Stack320$160,000Jesper8$24,241
#51-L: $20.24 NLHE 8-Max New Year Special15,796$300,000Runne1$31,385
#51-M: $202.40 NLHE 8-Max New Year Special3,392$750,000Felix "TheDegendFund" Van De Put$90,095
#51-H: $2,024 NLHE 8-Max New Year Special211$406,729drew.derzh$79,374
#52-L: $11 PLO 6-Max2,389$25,000Michael Keys$3,143
#52-M: $109 PLO 6-Max397$39,700Coldiiik$6,164
#52-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max78$78,000Nadhob$16,760
#53-L: $5.50 NLHE 5-Max Turbo PKO10,517$51,533578346$3,961*
#53-M: $55 NLHE 5-Max Turbo PKO3,005$150,250tycu112$15,888*
#53-H: $530 NLHE 5-Max Turbo PKO224$112,000chiefofxocolatl$16,462*
#54: $109 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO856$85,600capper95$11,487*
#55: $22 NLHE 7-Max Hyper PKO3,401$71,250Alada222$5,240*
#56: $27 NLHE 8-Max PKO5,335$130,9740wnr00$12,763*
#57-L: $2.20 8-Max PKO12,297$24,102brian pot153$2,003*
#57-M: $22 NLHE 8-Max PKO8,931$178,620b1o0m4r1n32$16,969*
#57-H: $215 NLHE 8-Max PKO1,033$206,600mindgamer$26,845*
#58-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday10,553$103,419TBD
#58-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday2,197$219,700TBD
#58-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday214$214,000TBD
#59-L: $2.20 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO1,301$2,549Chudy_089$319
#59-M: $22 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO370$7,400grigoriy9$1,503*
#59-H: $215 NL 2-7 Single Draw49$10,000Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski$3,809*
#60: $109 NLHE 8-Max PKO Big KO1,388$138,800magrao13$14,266*
#61-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-max Turbo PKO9,985$48,926prosky12$4,481*
#61-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO2,973$148,650Seanlazdi$14,648*
#61-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO236$118,000Sintoras$27,164*
#62: NLHE 8-Max Hyper PKO2,662$55,768oKiNeK$6,522*
#63: $55 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO1,552$77,600idar0365$9,791*

*includes bounty payments

Head Down the Power Path to the New Year Series Main Events

Satellite for the New Year Series Main Events run around the clock, but you can also bag yourself a sweet package by heading down the PokerStars Power Path. You can redeem your Silver Pass for a $2,500 ticket bundle, and your Gold Pass for a $10,300 ticket bundle.

Exchange a Silver Pass for two $1,050 New Year Series Main Event tickets, two $19 New Year Series Main Event tickets, eight $22 New Year Series tickets, and $6 worth of tournament dollars.

Redeeming a Gold Pass grants you an awesome package of a $5,200 New Year Series Main Event tickets, four shots at the $1,050 buy-in Main Event, four $109 New Year Series Main Event tickets, six $55 New Year Series tickets, plus $134 worth of tournament dollars!

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