Erica Schoenberg, known as “Blackjack Babe” and “Poker Babe” was born in 1978 in Ohio, USA. She had multiple careers before becoming a professional blackjack and poker player, including as a personal trainer, model and volleyball player. Though she has never yet won a tournament, she has placed in high money positions including a third place in the 2007 WSOP; she was also invited as a top 40 player to take part in the first World Series of Blackjack. Her total winnings to date have exceeded $870,000.
A brilliant mathematician, she came first at the 1991 Knox County Math Championship. This proficiency with numbers probably led to her being trained by the MIT Blackjack Team, a group of people who, through card counting and other methods, made millions of dollars in winnings from casinos across the USA. Eventually, she would transition to poker and take part in several tournaments.
The Face of Mansion Poker
Schoenberg is a solid player of both blackjack and poker, having had very good finishes at several tournaments in both games. She began with Texas Hold ‘Em and soon made a name for herself with the game. At the WPT Ladies Night Out season 5, she came fourth. Ladies Night Out pitted professional players against a number of celebrities from other areas of the media. It was this event that led to an offer of a contract to be the face of Mansion Poker.
Mansion Poker was relatively new to the online scene at the time of the contract offer to Schoenberg, but today claims to be the largest online poker room in the world. She is a spokesperson and a public face of the brand, wearing advertising gear when taking part in tournaments. They have grown exponentially since their foundation and now offer a variety of games.
For a time, Schoenberg was engaged to French professional poker player David Benyamine. They separated and she was later in a relationship with another professional player, Erick Lindgren. They married in 2011 and she gave birth to their first child soon after.
Schoenberg was once a model but gave up when she decided it was not what she wanted to do. What she really wanted to do was play cards professionally and it was her maths skills and love of blackjack that helped her achieve that.
The online casino Vera&john claims that one person named Erica Schoenberg once played on their website, and won 12.500 Euros on the Starburst slot game. If it really was her, lets hope she donated it to charity!