Lee Watkinson has been around poker a long time. He started playing early and has not even begun to slow down.
In the meantime, he has put together some impressive performances at the poker tables.
Lee Watkinson was born in 1966. He calls Cheney, Washington his hometown. It is a long way from Las Vegas in distance, but for Watkinson, it was the beginning of a career. He began playing poker there when he was only seventeen years old.
Watkinson went to college to study economics and he earned a degree in this field. In college, he was involved in the sport of wrestling. It gave him an interest that encouraged him to consider a certain kind of strategy. He continued to engage in wrestling up until a few years ago.
Another sport Watkinson has spent much of his time doing is surfing. This gives him a feel for maintaining balance in a constantly shifting environment. In this way, the sea is just like a poker game. An apt player is always seeking the best footing in a changing game.
Watkinson started playing poker in seriously around 2004. He earned the nickname of Lee “Sandwich” Watkinson. This referred to his habit of making “sandwich” raises that made life difficult for his opponents. When he played in the World Series of Poker’s $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, he finished second but this would be just the start.
Lee Watkinson was in for more winnings that year when he cashed at the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 No Limit Hold ‘em Main Event. Watkinson followed that up with a trip to the final table at the $10,000 WPT No Limit Hold ‘em Championship event where he came in second to Eli Elezra.
Right after that win, Watkinson made the final table again at a World Poker Tour event this time at the Legends of Poker $5,000 No Limit Hold ‘em event. He finished second again, but this time it was to the legendary Doyle Brunson. Considering the winner, it was no disgrace. In fact, Watkinson was named Player of the Year for 2004 by Card Player Magazine.
In 2005, Lee Watkinson cashed in the WSOP Main Event. He made 45th place with a prize of $235,000. In 2006, he won his first WSOP bracelet for the Omaha event, and earned over $650,000. In 2007, he was in the money at the World Series of Poker Main Event again. He finished eighth for a cash of over $580,000 which perhaps considering the starting field of many thousands is his biggest achievement to date. So far, his total winnings amount to about $3.2 million.
Yet, Lee Watkinson does not live solely for the felt. He has several business ventures going. He is involved in Rebel Yell records and The Hardcore Elegance jewelry line is one of his business interests. He is also CEO of Criminal Mind Clothing.
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Lee and his wife are involved in charity work, too. They work with the Brandenburg Foundation to help rescued chimpanzees that have been used in movies and research.
Lee Watkinson lives an extraordinary and full life. However, he still finds time to play poker online where he can be found at Full Tilt Poker playing and chatting with fellow FullTilt Pro’s and his fans.
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