Erick Lindgren wins $340k golf bet

Erick Lindgren

What happens when you get poker players together with a little too much time on their hands after busting out of a tournament? A prop bet, of course. This one involved Erick Lindgren, a full day of golf and more than $300,000 on the line.

According to Wicked Chops Poker , which reported on the event both in its own blog and on the 2+2 forums, Erick Lindgren, Gavin Smith and some others were out drinking, and Lindgren commented he was going to spend the whole next day golfing.

He'd busted out of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament at the World Series of Poker and had nothing better to do.

From there, the idea somehow grew into a monster prop bet with Lindgren having to golf four rounds in one day. That's not all though. The full terms were:

  • He had to play four full rounds at Bear's Best, one of the toughest courses in Las Vegas, in one day.
  • He had to walk all four rounds back-to-back.
  • He had to shoot under 100 for all rounds.
  • He would be shooting from the pro tees.

It started out as a $100,000 bet between Gavin Smith and Erick Lindgren, and then Phil Ivey decided to get in on the action, adding another $200,000 to the mix. Chris Bell and others got in too, pushing the total up even further.

Lindgren is an avid golfer, but Bear's Best is a tough course and the desert heat and the Las Vegas winds weren't going to make this an easy feat for him.

His strategy was to get up and begin his game at the unpokerly hour of 5:45 a.m. Blog reports are that he breezed through the first two rounds, and then struggled through the third, but still made it.

Halfway through the fourth round, he was still going strong and by hole 13, when he was only at 69, Gavin Smith and Chris Bell and a few others decided to buy out rather than see the end of the bet through.

Smith settled with Lindgren for $60k instead of his original $100k. Phil Ivey, however, wasn't going to let Erick Lindgren off the hook and held fast all the way to the end, having to settle up the full $200,000.

In the end Lindgren collected $340k for the bet to add to the more than $50,000 he's collected in cashes so far during the 2007 WSOP.

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