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Lindgren wins second WSOP bracelet, $606,317

21 June 2013

Poker is a game of ups and downs. Erick Lindgren has experienced both.

In fact, few poker players have enjoyed the heights or endured the depths to which Lindgren has been exposed over the course of a career that has spanned more than a decade. He's roller-coasted his way along the tournament trail for many years, both celebrating and suffering the extremes that this fickle game deals out.

Earlier this year, Lindgren admitted that he owed millions in gambling debts, most of it from sports betting. When he stopped receiving payments from Full Tilt Poker in the aftermath of Black Friday, he was unable to honor those debts.

Lindgren may have enjoyed his greatest moment on Friday morning when he won his second World Series of Poker bracelet, winning the $5,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event for $606,317. It was certainly the most personally fulfilling, despite the fact he'd won a gold bracelet before and even managed to collect more prize money on other occasions here in Las Vegas.

"I was at the top of the game once and took some things for granted," said Lindgren. "I had to rebuild from the bottom. It was that kind of hard work – like playing in small games or smaller tournaments. I just worked as hard as I could. I got my game back to where it needed to be and that's why I am here today."

This victory was indeed special because it marked the comeback of a man that was once one of the game's most beloved players. Even though Lindgren would be the first to admit he's made mistakes in his life, he knew very well that this was the ultimate platform to announce to the world that he was back in the game again.

This was less about a payday more about a comeback, and what for him will hopefully be a healthy recovery towards being the Erick Lindgren who was such popular figure in the game among his fellow players and fans alike.

"I went from being a very selfish person to a less selfish person," said Lindgren. "My goal is to win WSOP Player of the Year every year. I want to win that. Now, this puts me in a position to do that. "

Lee Markholt was the runner up, claiming $374,960 for second place. Jonathan Little was third for $238,833, Connor Drinan was fourth for $157,274, Vasile Buboi was fifth for $106,830, and Ryan D'Angelo was sixth for $74,768.

The tournament drew 516 players, with the top 54 players finishing in the money. Notable players who finished in the money but did not make the final table included Andrew Robl (seventh), Allen Bari (ninth), Jonathan Aguiar (13th), Matt Waxman (20th), Daniel Negreanu (39th), Eric Froehlich (49th), Matt Glantz (50th), Olivie Busquet (51st) and Brian Rast (54th).

Tournament summary modified from a report by WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, reprinted by permission.

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