They kind of look the same. They’re both from Washington. They’re both named "Lee."
But the attention (or lack there of) Markholt received was nowhere near the not-that-much-attention-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things that Watkinson received.
This, even though Markholt had a very respectable $1.4M in career tournament earnings.
And this drove Markholt to the edge of insanity.*
Nightly, Markholt would wake up after having nightmares: "Lee Watkinson made the 2007 WSOP Main Event final table. Lee Watkinson has gotten serious face-time on WPT and WSOP broadcasts. Lee Watkinson wears a hoodie…"
It was almost too much for Markholt to take. He weighed his options. "What if I bought a hoodie, kidnapped Watkinson, and assumed his identity.
Eventually, Markholt settled on making himself known by winning the
Get full results and payouts here.
* Remainder of the post after the asterisk was completely fabricated. Except the part about winning the WPT World Poker Challenge. That’s true.
** Images from Poker Pages.