A few months ago , someone started a thread on the High Stakes PL/NL forum titled “Erick Lindgren owes $100k for 2p2 Fantasy Drafts, Won't Pay, Claims 'Cash Broke.'"
Several posters came forward confirming that Lindgren owed them money, and when a separate thread was made on the popular News, Views, and Gossip forum, all hell broke loose.
Lindgren’s posted "out of order" sign
Borrowing and loaning money will never leave poker because there are times when players don’t have enough capital on them, but this is different. This isn’t about staking, this is about degenerate sports gambling and ignoring outstanding debts. In fact, I’m assuming that the reason "$kill Game" posted the original thread is because he owes close to $25,000 to another poster* by the name of "Limpcallcallfold."
It’s all a vicious cycle.
Threads like these — especially when they’re in NVG — become clogged with hate and witty responses, but thankfully Haralabos Voulgaris (who posts under the name ”coltranedog”) saved the day. He posted a very long, testimonial-like response on Monday that was very revealing. Here’s an excerpt:
“We all knew that Edog was pretty much a piece of **** when it came to settling gambling debts. But as long as the Full Tilt money train was chugging along paying distributions, nobody wanted to speak up…Erick, well he isn’t such a nice guy. If some of us (especially me) would have spoken up a long time ago a lot of the little guys who did business with him could have been spared. I am not going to go into all the details, but I have known Erick since around 2004. From 2005-2006 he owed me a really large figure. I gave him a year to get his stuff in order and he was supposed to pay the whole amount off in 2006. He didn’t.”
Voulgaris goes on to explain that Lindgren has paid off about 80 percent of this “really large figure,” but that Voulgaris had to personally vulture final tables that Lindgren’s horses were at to collect.
Obviously, Lindgren deserves the majority of the blame for the way he has allegedly acted — and he will certainly suffer the harshest consequences — but some fantasy football league owners have come forward and said they’re OK with Lindgren always paying late, because he’s such a big fish. Likewise, if Lindgren is a losing sports bettor, I’m certain that there are people who take his bets, knowing full well that they’ll have to wait some time to collect.
This situation likely got worse and worse over time, and then became unsustainable after Black Friday.
”Interpleader”, one of the fantasy football players who was owed $2,800, received the money on Monday evening via eBay from Lindgren’s wife Erica Schoenberg. There’s going to be a lot more where that came from — Lindgren has some damage control to take care of.
It seems that Erick might be the one guy that nobody will borrow money from now on within the poker community . Sad but true, this might the end of a great poker player .
Erick Lindgren and Erica Schoenberg, who got married last summer just before the WSOP, are proud parents of a baby boy.
Erick Lindgren has currently earned over $8.5 million from live tournaments during his career, while his better half Erica Schoenberg has around $826.000 in live tournament earnings.