Bobby Baldwin

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 13:57

Bobby Baldwin

A poker biography of Bobby Baldwin.

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Name - Bobby Baldwin

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Bobby Baldwin has won four Golden bracelets from the World Series Of Poker in the 1970s. These included the 1977's $5,000 Seven-Card Stud plus $44,000 cash prize; 1977's $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw and $80,000 cash; 1978's $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship and $210,000; and finally the 1979 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw with $90,000 prize money. He was formally listed in the Poker Hall of Fame last 2003. From being a professional and world champion poker player, and a Hall of Fame award recipient, Bobby Baldwin became the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mirage Resorts in Las Vegas.

After winning several world championships in the WSOP in 1970s, Bobby Baldwin was soon known as an infrequent but fearsome player. During his time he was considered as the best No-Limit Hold'em player. He was known best as a player who puts the player on a hand, and a player who always makes the right decision. Though busy with his major responsibilities as an executive, Baldwin still finds the time to play poker, but only in some big cash and major tournaments. Moreover, he does not play where he works because for him it would be unprofessional. At the same time, he does not want any conflict to arise.

Also known as 'The Owl', Baldwin was famous in poker history as the first youngest WSOP world champion- when he won the 1978 WSOP- followed by Stu Ungar in 1980 and Phil Hellmuth in 1989.
Before Bobby Baldwin reached his present position, he first worked in Golden Nugget Casino in 1982 as a consultant. Two years later, he was appointed as president. In 1987, Bobby was designated head of The Mirage. Over a decade after, he became the president of Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Then from 1999-2000 Baldwin served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Mirage Resorts under Stephen Alan Wynn, popularly known as Steve Wynn. When MGM Grand and Mirage Resorts merged in 2000, he became the CEO.

Furthermore, in 2005 after MGM Mirage have acquired the Mandalay Resort Group, Baldwin was selected as the president and CEO of the Project City Center. He still continues his duties as CEO of Mirage Resorts. At present, he manages another resorts that were added because of the Mandalay Resort Group takeover. Baldwin was essential to Ocean's Eleven's Las Vegas casino scenes. He was very helpful in fixing permissions for the movie's production staff to use various casinos in the city.

Aside from being a poker world champion and casino and resorts executive, Bobby Baldwin is also a topnotch billiards player. In fact, his life and manner of playing are the focus of Mike Caro's book entitled "Bobby Baldwin's Winning Poker Secrets." Baldwin himself had also written several columns about poker. In addition, he penned a portion of Doyle Brunson's Super System. In 1985 his book entitled "Tales Out of Tulsa" was published. The book is about guides for the newbies in playing poker.