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When I Was A Donk – Lee Markholt

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Aug 17, 2016


In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Lee Markholt has been a fixture of the poker world since the early 90’s. The Washington native really started putting up serious results around the poker boom and in 2005, he won the Professional Poker Tour main event at Bellagio for $225,000. In 2008, he won his first World Poker Tour title, earning $493,815 at the World Poker Challenge in Reno. In 2013, he narrowly missed his first World Series of Poker bracelet when he finished runner-up in a $5,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event for $374,960. In total, Markholt has more than $4 million in live tournament earnings. Here, Markholt recalls an embarrassing experience with a new game. I was just 21 years old, playing ...

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