WSOP 2008 Event #2, $5,000 Mixed Hold'em (Limit, No-Limit) Winner (Bio): Erick Lindgren

WSOP Gold Bracelet Winner (Event #4) - Eric Lindgren

Erick Lindgren

The winner of the $5,000 buy-in Mixed Hold’em event is Erick Lindgren. He is 31-years-old. Lindgren has been a professional poker player for nearly ten years.

Lindgren was born in Burnley, CA which is a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. He was a football and basketball star in high school.

He worked as a blackjack dealer at an Indian casino in Northern California. However, Lindgren started playing poker regularly during his free time and discovered both a passion and talent for the game. He gradually transitioned to the status of a full-time pro. He now plays in most high-profile tournaments held around the world.

Lindgren now has 16 WSOP career cashes. He has also won nearly $1.5 million at the WSOP and WSOP Circuits alone.

Lindgren’s victory was a real crowd pleaser, considering that prior to this event he had won just about everything in poker except a WSOP gold bracelet. Lindgren was often mentioned up this point on the very short list of “best poker players never to have won at the WSOP.” In a post-tournament interview, Lindgren told ESPN’s Norman Chad, “I thought I’d be sitting here presenting you with your bracelet before I got mine.”

This victory almost never happened. According to Lance Bradley at Bluff Media, he pointed out that Lindgren had only 8,400 in chips at the start of Day Two in this tournament, while the average chip count was 35,400.

As cherished as the prize was to Lindgren after so many tries, he revealed that he would be sending his WSOP gold bracelet to his father.

Lindgren was interviewed by the official WSOP media team following his victory. Here are some of the highlights of that interview (quotes were recorded and may be used by all media):

Limit Hold’em tournaments have been very good to me in the past. I wanted to use that as my strength. We had a lot of No-Limit (Hold’em) strength at this final table, but I wanted to use Limit to make my moves.

Until the final card turned, I was just panicked and worried that (Bonomo) might come back and I would blow another one. I was just so happy and so lucky that it finished early.

My strategy when playing heads-up was just to keep my head down, keep betting, and hope (my opponent) folds. Seriously, I decided I would put the pressure on him because that is what he likes to do.

I woke up my father at 1:30 am to tell him I had won. He had not been up at 1:30 in the morning in a long time. It was a good call to make. It was really special. I can’t wait to send him the bracelet.

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