"Erik123" is the online screen name for Erik Sagström, a Swedish professional poker player.
Born in Sweden in 1983, Sagström was introduced to poker accidentally while surfing the web. He began to play at Paradise Poker at of 17 and specialized in limit hold’em. He became so successful that he dropped out of high school to focus on his poker career and became one of the first teenagers to make a living out of poker.
He has since become one of the most successful online poker players in the world and plays online poker at many different sites as The Salmon, Erik123, and DIN_FRU. He was involved in setting up the online poker cardroom PokerChamps.com with Gus Hansen and Tony Guoga and, in February 2007, he opened his own online cardroom on the Boss Media network.
Sagström won the 2003 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $300 No-Limit Hold’em event ahead of 1,357 players to claim the first prize of $101,850 - the biggest prize pool for an online tournament at the time.
In May 2006, Sagström played female poker pro Liz Lieu in a series of three $200,000 limit hold 'em matches at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The matchup came about because Sagstrom allegedly called Lieu a "fish" during an online game. Lieu triumphed 2-1.
At the 2009 WSOP, Sagström finished 3rd at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, earning $522,393.
Erik123 remains a successful online player - some people have estimated that he wins more than $1 million a year. Although Erik123 is a young poker phenom, he has some advice for players looking to follow in his footsteps - take your time in switching up in stakes, develop your own style, be aggressive, and become a specialist in one particular game.
As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $690,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013