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Lee Markholt

Hometown: Eatonville

Country of Origin: United States UNITED STATES

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2019 POY Rank
1310 (260 points)
Lee Markholt

Lee Markholt Bio


Lee Markholt has tournament winnings in the millions of dollars, and has been playing poker professionally since 1990, yet he has still managed to stay somewhat under the radar. Markholt resides in the small town of Eatonville, Washington, which is an unlikely place for a person in his chosen profession. Instead of the bright lights of Sin City, Markholt prefers a quiet and calm life with his family and two children. He usually grinds to make ends meet at New Sonny's Casino near his home. The balance between work and play keeps him in the right mindset to compete at his best.

He often makes the venture to California or Nevada to play in some major tournaments. Markholt accumulated 47 cashes before he made his first six-digit win. At the 2005 Five-Star World Poker Classic Professional Poker Tour event, Markholt defeated Card Player's own CEO, Barry Shulman, heads up to win $225,000. Markholt scored his largest victory at the 2008 World Poker Challenge, where he picked up his first World Poker Tour title and $493,815.