Poker’s Richard ‘nutsinho’ Lyndaker dies aged 33


The former online legend, Richard ‘nutsinho’ Lyndaker, has died of an alleged accidental overdose at a San Diego apartment according to reports on 2+2.

pokers-richard-nutsinho-lyndaker-dies-aged-33Richard ‘nutsinho’ Lyndaker has died in his San Diego apartment.

He was 33-years of age.

Someone posting as a ‘close friend’ of Lyndaker, wrote on 2+2 that Lyndaker had died sometime between Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30. The cause of death is alleged to have been an accidental overdose. The same poster wrote that Lyndaker was taking medication to alleviate the pain from a soccer injury.

Tributes poured in from around the poker community.

Posting on 2+2, Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger called Lyndaker a ‘fierce competitor’ who was always willing to ‘laugh things off.’ Ben ‘sauce123’ Sulsky wrote a lengthy eulogy. The online star called Lyndaker ‘one of the few players who pioneered new strategies at the highest stakes’, and that ‘we’ve all benefited from his creativity.’

Doug Polk reflected on watching Lyndaker playing NL 5k on Stars back in the day, calling him an ‘absolute sicko,’ a man with a ‘good heart’ and a ‘legend.’

Lyndaker came to prominence in 2008 and finished runner-up to Joe Commisso in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for more than half a million bucks.

Lyndaker took that roll online running it up to a peak of $2m. In 2010, he was PokerStars’ top online cash game earner. The pseudonym ‘nutsinho’ had become the stuff of legend.

Whereas the online realm was Lyndaker’s bread and butter, he also earned $1.8m playing live tournaments. Outside of that $5k runner-up finish, Lyndaker finished sixth in a $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2013, the same year he won a Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event.

It’s the third death to rock the poker world in a fortnight after the passing of the UK’s ‘Mad’ Marty Wilson, and the American Kevin ‘Racks’ Roster, who both died of cancer.