Lindgren was born in Burnley, CA which is a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. He was a football and basketball star in high school. He worked as a blackjack dealer at an Indian casino in Northern California. However, Lindgren started playing poker regularly during his free time and discovered both a passion and talent for the game. He gradually transitioned to the status of a full-time pro. He now plays in most high-profile tournaments held around the world.
He won his first major tournament at the Bellagio in 2002 and followed that up with his first World Poker Tour win ten months later. Six months after that, he won the WPT PartyPoker Million III cruise, where he walked away with the million dollar top prize.
In January 2005, he finished 2nd in the World Series of Poker Circuit Event in Atlantic City. In February, he finished 5th in the WPT LA Poker Classic and just a week later, he won the second Professional Poker Tour tournament, also in LA. In January 2006 he made another WPT final table, finishing 3rd at the 2006 Borgata Winter Poker Open.
Lindgren is also the author of the book, World Poker Tour: Making the Final Table, which covers strategy for poker tournaments.
As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $7,300,000. His 19 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,940,628 of those winnings.