Lee Watkinson is a professional poker player originally from Washington state.
After attending college where he graduated with a degree in economics, he moved to Las Vegas, which led to poker. Although his success in tournaments dates back to the 1990's, he began racking up impressive finishes in major tournaments like the WPT and WSOP in 2003 and 2004.
At the 2004 WSOP, Watkinson finished 2nd in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event, earning $270,000. He also cashed in the main event that year, finishing 113th.
Watkinson made back-to-back WPT final tables during season 3. In the first one, he finished 2nd to Eli Elezra and earned $513,038, and in the second one he finished 2nd to Doyle Brunson and earned $578,475.
In 2005, Watkinson finishing in 45th place out of 5,619 entrants (top 1% of the field) in the WSOP main event, earning $235,390. He also made the final table of a WSOP circuit event in November 2005, finishing 3rd for $138,556.
At the 2006 WSOP, he won his only bracelet along with the $655,746 first prize in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
In 2007, Watkinson made the final table and finished 8th in WSOP main event, earning $585,699.
In 2008, Watkinson made 2 more final tables. He finished in 5th place in the WPT Borgata Winter Open and 7th in the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Harrah's Rincon in San Diego, CA.
Watkinson is one of the most under-rated poker players playing today. He has consistently racked up impressive wins wherever he plays. As of 2009, he has 16 total WSOP cashes - five of them for six-figures. He has 7-figure career earnings in both the WSP ($2,139,436) and WPT ($1,493,586). His total live tournament winnings exceed $4,100,000. He is said to be the top all-time money winner in Pot Limit Omaha. But even with his poker celebrity status, Watkinson keeps a low profile. Currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, he plays online at Full Tilt Poker.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013