LEX LIVE 3: Meet ‘RichyRob’ – Platinum Pass winner, streamer, and “edutainer”
In the build-up to the highly anticipated Lex Live 3, we’ll be introducing you to a different member of Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch community every week.
This week, our guest is ‘RichyRob’.
You’ll no doubt already be familiar with him if you’ve spent time watching Lex on Twitch, or you simply peruse the Twitch poker streets. As a streamer in his own right, London-based ‘RichyRob’ became one of the two winners of GJ Reggie and Pyefacepoker’s #DaretoStream competition on Christmas Eve 2019, earning himself a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).
We caught up RR just as he was returning from a poker vacation in Miami to find out what he’s looking forward to at LL3, his goals for the future, and more.
PokerStars Blog: Hey ‘RichyRob’! Since Lex Live 2, you’ve only gone and won yourself a Platinum Pass. Congratulations! When did you first decide to enter #DaretoStream?
RichyRob: Thanks! As soon as I heard about the competition, I knew I had to go for it. I missed out on competing for the previous PSPC and because of that, I wanted to put 100% into trying to earn my way to this year’s event.
How did the Twitch grind go for you during the required hours?
As a Twitch addict, completing the required hours wasn’t going to be a challenge. But on top of those hours, I also spent a lot of time supporting other new streamers and competitors. There were two Platinum Passes up for grabs and there were so many people that I would’ve loved to have seen won one.
Are there any difficulties you’ve faced when it comes to streaming?
I made a brand-new layout for Christmas which had all the bells and whistles. The only problem was my PC was struggling to run that whilst streaming and having so many poker tables open. I came up with some new innovative ideas, like Dynamic Delay, but had some teething problems getting them working. Part of streaming is experimenting and the community is great at helping out with this.
Do you plan to continue streaming? If so, what are your goals?
Yes! The fact that so many new streamers are also continuing shows how successful the competition has been. Everyone on the Twitch poker streets is trying to do something different. My ultimate goal would be to become the number one poker ‘Edu-tainment’ streamer. I’m really passionate about helping others improve their game, and if they are also able to learn whilst having fun then that’s a win-win for everyone.
You mentioned you were in Miami. What inspired that trip and how has it been for you?
I’m quite lucky that my work allows me to travel and I was able to take a long break during January. I decided to visit Miami as I wanted to mix playing live poker with seeing nature and the amazing landscape offered in Florida. There aren’t many places where you can have a chat with an alligator during the day and then play poker at night.
How have you been preparing for the PSPC? Or how do you plan to in the coming months?
Over the past two years, I’ve been trying to improve my tournament game and found the best way to do this is to play online at PokerStars. I’ve coined some names for tournaments that I have found to be beneficial when teaching newer players whilst also allowing them to build a bankroll. We will still be playing “RichyRob Specials” (a.k.a. $2.50 180-Man Turbo SnGs or the “Goldmine” which is a $3.30 Deep Stack Zoom Progressive Knock-out tournament and my personal favourite) but I will be trying to play more Sunday tournaments such as the $11 Sunday Storm and $22 Double Deuce.
What does it mean to you to be a part of this community?
I feel really privileged to be considered just a small part of it. The community really is one of the best in the world. So many of them aren’t just community members but have become trusted friends. It’s rare these days to find so many likeminded and great individuals. It’s the best community event that I’ve been to. Everyone gets to know each other and we all have fun whilst sharing our passion for poker. I can’t wait!
What would you say to anyone who is thinking of going to their first Lex Live in April?
If you are on the fence then don’t be. Just come down for as many days as you can. There are so many good people here that you won’t regret it. If it’s your first live poker adventure then the community Sit’n’Gos are an ideal way to start out, as they are friendly with no pressure.
Finally, is there anything you want to say to the community in the build-up to Lex Live 3?
Only that I am really, really, really, looking forward to it. I can’t wait to see everyone again and meet members of the community that weren’t able to make the previous events.
Article originally posted on PokerStars Blog
by Jack Stanton