About Erica Schoenberg

About Erica Schoenberg

Erica Schoenberg also known as the “Poker Babe” is a poker professional from the US who has been known to make heads turn on account of her good looks and her skills at the poker table. Schoenberg also plays blackjack professionally and was coached by one of the best blackjack players from the legendary MIT Blackjack Team. 

Schoenberg has participated in several live poker events like the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour. Her winnings amount to $750,000 in live poker earnings.


Early Life

Erica Schoenberg, a small town girl from Akron, Ohio was born in 1978. She appears to have been interested in sport from a young age and trained to be professional volleyball player. Schoenberg also worked as a model and as a personal trainer before she set her sights on the card games at the green tables. Schoenberg first tried her luck at blackjack before she went on to play poker. She was very successful as a blackjack player having learned from an MIT blackjack guru an competed in the World Series of Blackjack. 

Schoenberg has also been known to have dated the likes David Benyamine before she decided to settle down with fellow poker professional Erick Lindgren, who is now her husband.


Poker Career

Having achieved immense poker success, she has participated in prestigious live poker events such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and World Poker Tour (WPT), among others.

Schoenberg finished in the sixteenth position at the WPT $25k NL Hold’em event and in the third place in WSOP 2006 $1,500 NL Hold’em event. She also participated in the fourth season of the WPT Ladies Night event with other female professional poker players such as Jennifer Tilly. In 2007, she won $105,875 in the $2,500 NL Hold’em Mandalay Bay Poker Championship. Schoenberg has also appeared in Ultimate Blackjack Tour, which was aired on CBS for 10 weeks.

In 2011, Schoeberg finished 30th in the WSOP Ladies NL Hold’em event, winning $4,851. She finished in the 237th position in the NL Hold’em event, winning $3,085, and 100th in another NL Hold’em event, winning $4,432. By 2011, Schoenberg has earned more than $750,000 in live poker tournaments alone.

However, Schoenberg started her gambling career playing blackjack in order to supplement her earnings as a personal trainer and model. She received blackjack lessons from one of the famous MIT team of blackjack players, who made their profits counting cards at the blackjack tables of Las Vegas casinos.

When she gained fame as a top-earning blackjack player, she was invited to participate in the World Series of Blackjack (WSB), hosted by the Game Show Network (GSN). She finished second, proving to the blackjack gaming community that she had indeed been trained well.

Erica Shoenberg is not just a professional poker and blackjack player, but is also a former professional volleyball player, model, and personal trainer. Currently, Erica teaches kickboxing when she is not busy playing poker. She also continues to play blackjack.

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