The first thing that pops out about Rich “Nutsinho” Lyndaker is his screen name, which has the very suggestive pronunciation of nuts-in-ho. However, Lyndaker has stated in the past that he simply intended it to be pronounced the Portuguese way of nut-seen-yo.
Long before his controversial screen name, the American-born Lyndaker started playing home poker games at the age of 16. He played four nights a week with a group of buddies until some of his friends ventured into the online poker world. Impressed by the fact that one of his friends won $1,200 in one weekend, Nutsinho decided to try and emulate this success himself after making a $50 deposit.
From 2005 to 2007, Lyndaker sporadically played both cash games and SNG’s at various sites. He also played at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in New York to hone his live game. Unfortunately, Lyndaker wasn’t 100% on his bankroll management yet, so he lost his bankroll several times over this period.
By December of 2007, Lyndaker had begun playing mid-stakes games at PokerStars while slowly building a pretty large bankroll. With his increased bankroll, Nutsinho headed out to the WSOP in 2008, where he managed to place second in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament and cash for $570,551. Lyndaker’s online game steadily improved as well when he hit $100k in online winnings during October of ‘09. Unfortunately, he suffered a major downswing in $25/$50 NLHE, and dipped down nearly -$100k in April of ‘09.
However, this was the lowest that Lyndaker would go as he fixed his leaks, and hit $1 million in total profits in August of 2009. Soon Nutsinho became one of the most feared names in the PokerStars high stakes games as he earned more money than anyone in 2010.
Lyndaker must have made some New Year’s resolutions to find new competition since he promptly switched to the Full Tilt Poker high stakes games on January 2nd, 2011. He’s been spotted playing $300/$600 NLHE, and his winnings hit a career high in January when they reached $2 million.