Erick Lindgren goes to Gambling Rehab, talks about Past Debts
Last year was definitely trying for Erick Lindgren since he was outed by several members of the poker community for owing over $100,000 in fantasy sports debts. Furthermore, Lindgren no longer had a $250k-per-month sponsorship deal since Full Tilt went under, and he earned a career-low $51k in live tournament cashes.
So has E-Dog given up on his poker ambitions while trying to dodge his creditors? Not quite – instead, Erick spent the Holidays in Morningside Recovery, which is a rehab center in Newport Beach, California. He talked about his decision to seek rehab for his gambling addiction with Bluff by saying:
I’d had a really tough year, I lost way too much money in football last year and couldn’t pay some fantasy football bets at the end of the year. I owed people a bunch of money, and it’s something that I’ve been working on for a long time, but I definitely slipped up, made some really bad mistakes and I needed to address that.
(continued later) I’ve learned a lot about myself here. I learned that I wasn’t that different from a lot of the people that have addictions whether it’s alcohol or drugs or whatever. For a long time now, I’ve bet more than I should have bet on games and been in too much action and yeah, it was a lot of fun at the time, but it was irresponsible in a lot of ways.
The Bluff story continued by discussing how Lindgren’s big challenge with overcoming gambling addiction is that his job revolves around betting. But the goal for him is to get back to being a successful poker player while suppressing his degenerate side.
Lindgren is currently being staked in both poker tournaments and sports betting while living in the San Diego area. However, he hopes to move back to Las Vegas and get staked in some of the bigger cash games there. Of course, Sin City doesn’t exactly seem like the best place for a newly-rehabbed degen, but maybe Lindgren has learned from his previous mistakes.