Erick Lindgren was born in Burney, California on the 11th of August, 1976. Erick played a lot of competitive sports as a child including baseball, football and basketball, and he had dreams of making it to the big leagues. Unfortunately, Erick wasn’t good enough, so he had to settle for a lucrative poker career. After failing to get a scholarship after high school Erick got work at the local casino, while he attended the local college. It was here that Erick was introduced to the game of poker and his career really began.
When Lindgren wasn’t working at the casino, he was there playing the low stake cash games and watching his game improve. He got good enough that he dropped out of school, quit his job and started playing professionally. Erick knew his parents wouldn’t be too pleased with his decision so he kept the news to himself until he had earned enough money and worked up enough confidence to tell them the truth.
After about five years of playing professionally Lindgren decided to move to the gambling hub of the world, Las Vegas. Erick had instant success in Vegas with a big $230,000 win at the Bellagio Poker Classic tournament just a little while after he moved.