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Erick Lindgren Biography

Erick Lindgren
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Erick Lindgren was born on August 11, 1977 in Burney, California. The son of a tire shop owner, both his first and last names reflect his Swedish ancestry. Lindgren was an all-league high school quarterback and an MVP basketball player. The only regular job Lindgren ever had was as a blackjack dealer at Casino San Pablo, located just outside of Oakland, California. He eventually found poker at the casino and worked his way up to become a prop player in the card room. Lindgren describes this period as the last time he was dead broke, "I was 21 years old, had to borrow 500 bucks the night before, lived in a hotel for three weeks, played off that money, and made it last." After awhile, Lindgren decided to give up being a prop player so he could play for himself.

His first major win came in 2002 when he won a tournament at the Bellagio, which he followed up ten months later by winning his first World Poker Tour title. Six months after that, Lindgren won the Partypoker Millions III cruise, where he walked away with $1 million and his second WPT title. At the 2008 W.S.O.P., Lindgren won his first bracelet by winning the $5,000 Mixed Hold'em event ($374,505). His other accomplishments include being featured as one of the WPT's Young Guns of Poker, winning the second Professional Poker Tour event held in Los Angeles, and being named the first WPT Player of the Year. In January 2006, Lindgren placed third at the Borgata Winter Open, and in June of the same year, he outlasted fellow Team Full Tilt members Erik Seidel, John Juanda, Chris Ferguson, Mike Matusow, Clonie Gowen, and Phil Ivey to win $600,000 in the Poker Pro Showdown. At the 2007 Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Australia, Lindgren won $800,000 in a $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em speed-poker tournament. Lindgren described the event and his experience:

"It wasn't televised, it lasted 14 hours, and there were a lot of great players in it: Phil Ivey, John Juanda, John D'Agostino, Erik Seidel. (. . .) when you put up $80,000 to enter an 18-person tournament, you definitely want to win. You can't continually put up $80,000 and walk away a loser. (. . .) the buy-in was big and the swings were big. I like to gamble, though, and I've gambled at stupider things than this poker tournament."

One of Lindgren's more memorable gambles was during the 2007 World Series of Poker. Lindgren was upset about busting out of the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event and told some friends, fellow players Gavin Smith, Chris Bell, and Peter Feldman, during dinner that he was going to play golf all day the next day instead of resting. Smith then offered Lindgren $100,000 if he could shoot four rounds of golf under 100 in a single day at Bear's Best Golf Course, known as one of the hilliest course in Vegas. Both Bell and Feldman chipped in $20,000 each to bring the bet's total to $140,000. Lindgren informed Phil Ivey of the situation who bet $200,000 himself bringing the total to $340,000. The stipulations were as follows: Lindgren would have to carry his own bag, had to walk the course, and had to shoot from the pro tees. It took fourteen hours, in 100-plus degree heat, for Lindgren to claim victory. "That was the sickest day of my life," he said, "I was able to win the bet, but I was really hurting. I regret it."

Lindgren is also known as "E-Dog," a nickname he received when playing $15-$30 at San Pablo against a Filipino guy who was getting beat badly and responded by saying, "E, you dog." After that, people began calling him "E-Dog," though the WPT tried to refer to him as "American Idol," a nickname Lindgren is glad didn't stick. Lindgren currently resides in Las Vegas and has lifetime tournament earnings totaling more than $5.9 million.


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