Erick Lindgren
by Jason Kirk  

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Some of the most successful poker players of the last few years have been under the age of 30, and among the top of that group is Erick Lindgren. At only 27 years of age, this California native has total tournament winnings over $2 million, including appearances at 4 World Poker Tour final tables. This popular, down-to-earth player has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best tournament poker players around.

Erick Lindgren grew up in the small mountain town of Burney, CA, where he was known for gambling with his friends on such feats as hitting a shot from halfway down the basketball court. He was also known for being a star athlete in high school - he was an MVP in basketball as a shooting guard, and was an all-league quarterback in football. His athletic skills earned him the chance to play college basketball in Chico, CA, but he turned his attention toward gambling after he began playing at a local Indian casino. He got a job as a blackjack dealer at the age of 19, and while working at the casino he began learning to play poker. One thing is for sure about Lindgren - he's a quick study. By the age of 20 he was playing poker full time, and by the age of 21 he was working as a prop player in a casino in San Pablo, CA.

At the same time he was working as a prop, Lindgren began playing poker online. Through multi-tabling high stakes games, he kept learning and progressing. Around this time Lindgren also ventured into tournament poker. In the first half of 2000 he made the final tables of two tournaments in the Bay Area. He continued to play in tournaments over the next two years, both online and in casinos, gaining experience while he built up his bankroll. In 2002 he began to build his reputation at the Bellagio. In April he placed 11th in the casino's inaugural no-limit hold'em tournament. Then, in December, he won the $3,000 No-limit Hold'em Main Event at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Classic.

Lindgren's breakout year came in 2003. He began the year with a 7th place finish in the Party Poker Million II, missing his first TV final table by one spot. Then he took 6th place in the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker - his first final table at the WSOP. The month of July saw him win over $100,000 when he placed 15th at the Bellagio's Festa al Lago, 5th at the Grand Prix de Paris WPT event, and 2nd at the Orleans Open main event in Las Vegas. The Paris event was his first televised final table, and the feeling must have been one he couldn't resist - in October he won the UltimateBet Poker Classic II in sunny Aruba, taking home over $500,000. The success of 2003 carried over into 2004, when Lindgren won his 2nd WPT event. This time it was on the Party Poker Million III cruise, making up for bubbling out of the TV table the previous year by taking home a cool million dollars. He also placed in the money in 3 events at the World Series for over $50,000, including events in Omaha Hi-Lo and Pot Limit Omaha.

In 2005, Lindgren added to his tournament resume by continuing to cash at WPT events, including those in the Bahamas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, and the Party Poker Million cruise. He also won one Professional Poker Tour event for $225,000 in Los Angeles, and made the final table of another PPT tournament at the Bellagio. The World Series wasn't quite as good to him - he cashed in only one event, and did not make the final table in that tournament - but he did take second in the first WSOP Circuit event in Atlantic City. Strong finishes at the Mirage Poker Showdown and the Ultimate Poker Challenge continued to show that Lindgren was a force to be reckoned with.

Success in big live tournaments hasn't spoiled Lindgren on online poker one bit. His association with Full Tilt Poker is obviously a business relationship, but it also reflects his love of playing online. He frequently plays in satellite tournaments to win entry into casino tournaments and can be found playing cash games at Full Tilt on a regular basis. Erick Lindgren knows a good bet when he sees one, and online poker is as good a bet as there is for him. Expect to see this young gun continue his success in the coming years.

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