Biography of Erick Landgren
Erick Lindgren is an extremely talented poker player, especially when it comes to Texas Hold'em. He has received two World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles. On top of winning a plethora of other tournaments and cash games, he has managed to bring in millions of dollars in revenue.
However, despite the constant cash flow from his proceeds, Lindgren and his family are forced to live paycheck to paycheck to compensate for his gambling addiction. The majority of his winnings go to repay his past gambling debts. He regularly goes to rehab for his condition and has certainly made significant improvements over the past couple of years.
Erick A. Lindgren was born August 11th, 1976 in Burney, California. Lindgren was very athletic in high school, as he was the captain of both the football and basketball teams. After he graduated, Lindgren became a blackjack dealer at Casino San Pablo.
Lindgren was asked to fill in as a prop poker player at the table to help keep the action rolling. He enjoyed it so much that he eventually left his position at the casino to play poker professionally. His first major tournament win was while playing a $3,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament at the Bellagio Hotel in 2002.
Fans started noticing Lindgren's talent after he won WPT Ultimate Poker Classic tournament in 2002, cashing in at $500,000. Later that same year, he won his second WPT event after taking first place in the PartyPoker Millions cruise. He was named one of WPT's Young Guns of Poker and Player of the Year for his accomplishments, and was asked to become a member of Team Full Tilt.
Lindgren was later invited to play at the 2006 Poker Superstars Invitational tournament and impressed everyone by taking third place in the finals. Just a couple weeks later, he impressed everyone again by winning the Full Tilt Poker online Pro Showdown, winning $600,000.
Lindgren entered the 2007 Aussie Millions tournament in Melbourne, Australia, which is a very prestigious event to be a part of. Lindgren swept the floor with the other competitors and managed to take first place in the No-Limit Hold'em speed-poker championship.
When the 2008 World Series of Poker came around, Lindgren had enough confidence to win his first gold bracelet in the $5,000 Mixed Hold'em event. He later went on to win the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6 Handed event in 2013, bringing home his second WSOP gold bracelet and another $600,000 in prize money.
Lindgren can never turn down a bet. One of his friends, Gavin Smith bet him $100,000 that he couldn't play four rounds of golf under 100 in one day at Bear's Best Golf Course, the most challenging course in Las Vegas. Other professionals, like Phil Ivey, added their own wagers and by the end the stake was up to $340,000. Lindgren had to carry his own bag, walk from hole to hole, and shoot from the pro's tees. After 14 hours of playing golf in 100 degree weather, Lindgren came out victorious!
Rehab and Recovery
Lindgren became addicted to gambling, and it really caught up to him in March, 2012 when he couldn't pay all of his fantasy football bets at the end of the season. He also owed millions of dollars to Full Tilt Poker, who he had taken out loans from so that he could have a bigger bankroll to gamble with. Recognizing that he had a serious problem, Lindgren checked in to Morningside Recovery to get professional help with his gambling addiction.
His experiences in Rehab made him realize how much control gambling had over his life and how irresponsible he had been in the past with his money. Through this process, the doctors there were able to teach him how to separate his gambling profession from his personal life, which helped him realize that it's okay to walk away from a bet.
It was suggested that he stop gambling all together, but he wants to be able pay back all of the people he wronged and playing poker is the only way he can accomplish that. He released this statement to the media, "I don't want to stop my profession. I just want to get better at it. I want to stay in full control, which means not gambling wildly, not going beyond my bankroll and gambling with other people's money. I want to gamble the right way and do my profession as well as I can."
Lindgren has the support of his wife, Erica, and their five year old son, Jake who motivate him to work harder to overcome his addiction.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016
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