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Friday, June 6th, 2008

Dog Has His Day

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

Top poker pro Erick “E-Dog” Lindgren, who has won more than $5.6 million lifetime playing tournament poker and was considered one of the best players never to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship gold bracelet, can bark for joy.

The dog days are finally over.

Lindgren, a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, has won Event #4 of the 2008 WSOP in Las Vegas, a $5,000 buy-in, mixed (limit and no-limit) Texas hold ‘em tournament with 332 participants and a total prize pool of about $1.5 million.

For the victory, “E-Dog” was elated at winning $374,505.

And so was Sin City, as five of the event’s Top 10 finishers are Vegas residents.

Coming in second was another Vegas resident, Justin Bonomo, who earned $230,159.

Finishing third was Andrew Robl, also of Vegas, who won $144,337.

Coming in fourth was Roland deWolfe of London, England, who earned $117,030.

Taking fifth spot was David “Chino” Rheem of Los Angeles, California, USA, who potted $93,624.

Securing sixth was another well-known pro, Howard “The Professor” Lederer of Vegas, who earned $74,199. He is the brother of equally well-known poker pro Annie Duke, who has missed the opening week of this year’s WSOP due to a fractured pelvis suffered in a jogging accident.

Ending up in seventh place was Vegas resident David Williams, who earned $58,515.

Finishing eighth was Patrick Pezzin of Toronto, Canada, who collected $46,812.

Coming in at No. 9 was Isaac Haxton of Syracuse, New York, USA, who copped $35,109.

Rounding out the Top 10 finishers was Ron Haeri of La Jolla, California, USA, who bagged $23,406.

Other notables finishing in the money were Andy Bloch in 16th place and Phil “Unabomber” Laak in 24th place.

As for Lindgren, a 31-year-old California native, this was his 14th cash-out lifetime in a WSOP event (he also had a cash at last year’s World Series of Poker Europe or WSOPE) and 51st cash-out lifetime in all tournaments.

Among his previous biggest cash-outs, according to official records, were $357,435 for coming in second in a Texas hold ‘em tourney at the 2006 WSOP and $759,340 for winning a tourney in Australia last year.

Facing reporters at the Rio casino after winning 2008 WSOP Event #4, Lindgren, who lists poker-playing actor Tobey “Spider-Man” Maguire as his favorite celebrity, said of the event: “Limit hold’em tournaments have been very good to me in the past. I wanted to use that as my strength. We had a lot of no-limit strength at this final table, but I wanted to use limit to make my moves. Until the final card turned, I was just panicked and worried that he (Bonomo) might come back and I would blow another one.”

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected])

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