PokerStars Festival Marbella: Veldhuis, Moreira de Melo and Hendry headline Day 1A

One's a self-proclaimed 'old-school' member of Team Liquid for Starcraft: Brood War.

One's an Olympic gold medal-winning field hockey striker.

One's a seven-time world snooker champion, and one of the greatest players of all time.

Forget about the poker for a second; this Day 1A field here at the PokerStars Festival Marbella is stacked just through their off-felt accomplishments.

At the time of writing, there have been 295 total entrants so far, of which 270 remain. The name's most familiar to you, and the people behind the aforementioned sporting accomplishments are (in order): Team PokerStars Pros Lex Veldhuis and Fatima Moreira de Melo, and PokerStars Brand Ambassador Stephen Hendry.


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Lex's rested

Veldhuis had a bit of trouble getting here, having gone to the wrong airport.



So it's understandable he wanted to take some time when he got to Marbella to chill out by the pool. However, he now seems to have regrets about turning up four hours into today's action:





Moreira de Melo has been having a fun time so far on the Spanish south coast, catching up with her friend Leo Margets before they both took their 1A seats.



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Fatima in action

The talk of the town though is undoubtedly Stephen Hendry. The all-time snooker great took down a media event at the Inaugural PokerStars Festival London, and has been practising his game at London's Hippodrome Casino in the build-up to this event. We'll be speaking to Hendry later in the festival, so keep your eyes peeled for that.



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Hendry on the baize

Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki, also an accomplished sportsman as a former member of the Polish Alpine ski team, almost missed his flight too.



We can confirm he got here OK, however his chances of surviving Day 1A are over. He has busted, and will take another shot during the last-chance Day 1C flight tomorrow night.


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Horecki's busted

Meanwhile, EPT12 Grand Final winner Jan Bendik is in the mix, as is last year's champion in this event, Jonathan Schuman. The Londoner took down €108K in 2016 after the final three players made a deal.

Norwegian high roller Tom-Aksel Bedell is also trying his luck, as is Danish pro Rasmus Agerskov. Three of Spain's online beasts are here too, in Manu 'manuverd0n' Bardón, Daniel 'Garnerus' Gómez, and Javi 'que_te_crio' Fernández.

Stick with us on the PokerStars Blog throughout the day to find out how everyone gets on.


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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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