Erick Lindgren – Poker Player Profile
A member of the new poker generation, Erick Lindgren is young, fit, attractive and successful; he is friends with the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey and has become famous for his outrageous prop bets involving millions of dollars. E-dog, as he is also known, is a prominent member of Team Full Tilt and also featured in the popular poker video game ‘Stacked’.
California-born Lindgren started out with athletic aspirations – like Doyle Brunson and many other poker greats – but as the years went by it became clear he was not really cut for the major leagues. At this point young Lindgren turned his competitive streak to poker, which he had learned while working as a blackjack dealer. The money rolled in, and soon he dropped out of college to dedicate himself fully to poker.
His career took off slowly: he learned the ropes working as a prop player in California, and developed his now trademark style during long sessions of online play. In 2002 he finally felt ready, and headed to Vegas to face the best. That year he burst into the poker scene with a bang, winning the Bellagio Five Diamond Poker Classic Main Event with a $230,000 prize.
Young Lindgren’s career has gone from strength to strength, including winning the Party Poker Millions, taking two WPT championships and being named 2004 WPT Player of the Year. Lindgren, who has accumulated over $6,500,000 in live tournament winnings, supplements his poker earnings by winning reckless prop bets against his high rolling buddies – an especially outrageous one took place in 2007, when Lindgren won a $350,000 prop bet with Gavin Smith, Phil Ivey and others, saying he could play four consecutive rounds of golf at Las Vegas’ “Bear’s Best” golf course between sunrise and sunset, carrying his own bags and shooting under 100 in each of the four rounds.