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Erick Lindgren seeks help for Gambling Addiction

by Jeremy

With over $8.5 million in live poker tournament winnings, Erick Lindgren has certainly been a very successful player. However, his addiction to sports betting and fantasy sports has gotten the best of him lately. Just last year people were complaining that Lindgren owed them a collective $100,000-plus in fantasy sports debts.

Unfortunately, he still hasn’t repaid all of his debt. But Lindgren did recently get some help for his gambling addiction at Newport Beach’s Morningside Recovery. Bluff Magazine did a big feature on this story as they wrote the following:

“I’ve had a gambling problem for a long time and I’ve finally got the opportunity to address it,” said Lindgren during his two-week stay at Morningside Recovery. Lindgren’s agent, Brian Balsbaugh, was approached by a mutual friend who offered to foot the bill of Lindgren’s stay at the facility in hopes of helping him out.

“They told me that there was a place like Morningside that was doing this and that if I wanted to get things right and do things the right way, I could check myself in and after some long thought and checking my ego at the door, I came here,” Lindgren said.

Besides the urging of his agent and friend, the primary motivation for Erick entering rehab was the massive amount he lost through football bets in 2011. During his stint at Morningside, Lindgren realized that his addiction wasn’t totally unlike drug addicts or alcoholics. Now he’s hoping to use this experience to right his wrongs and get back to being a successful poker player.

Of course, this won’t be easy because Lindgren is planning on moving back to Las Vegas, where gambling opportunities are around every corner. But perhaps Erick can use his family as motivation to avoid temptation. He said, “Now I’m a family man with a wife and a 13-month-old child at home. So I just wanted to get my family to be the number one priority, be 100 percent family oriented and to learn how to focus and give 100 percent to work when I’m doing work and 100 percent to family when I’m doing family.”

Erick Lindgren was once known for his poker skills, and if he can stay focused, it’s likely that he can reclaim this former glory.

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