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Bobby Baldwin
Bobby Baldwin at the 1979 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) The Owl
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 4
Money finishes 15
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 1978

Bobby Baldwin (born c. 1950)[1] is a professional poker player, off road racer and casino executive.

When Baldwin won the 1978 World Series of Poker main event he became the youngest winner in its history, to be superseded by Stu Ungar in 1980, Phil Hellmuth in 1989, Peter Eastgate in 2008 and Joe Cada in 2009. His major wins include four WSOP bracelets, all won from 1977 to 1979. In 2003 he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

In 1982 he became a consultant for the Golden Nugget casino, and in 1984 was named the president. He was selected to head The Mirage in 1987 and was named as the president of the Bellagio hotel and casino in 1998. In 1999-2000 he was also the Chief Financial Officer of Mirage Resorts under Steve Wynn; in 2000, upon the merger of Mirage Resorts and MGM Grand, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Mirage Resorts subsidiary of MGM Mirage.

In 2005, after the acquisition of Mandalay Resort Group by MGM Mirage, Baldwin became CEO and President of the announced Project City Center, while continuing his responsibilities as CEO of the Mirage Resorts subsidiary. Baldwin now oversees additional resorts added through the Mandalay Resort Group buyout as well as the previous Wynn properties.

In addition to poker, Baldwin is also known as a world class billiards player. Baldwin and his playing style are the subject of a book entitled Bobby Baldwin's Winning Poker Secrets, written by Mike Caro. Baldwin has written many columns on poker and he authored a section for Doyle Brunson's Super/System. His own book Tales Out of Tulsa, a poker guide for novices, was published in 1985.

Even today, Bobby can sometimes be found playing in high stakes poker games at the Bellagio with other World Class players. The High Limit section of the Bellagio poker room is referred to as "Bobby's Room," after Baldwin.

Other places that you may find Bobby is racing along side is son "BJ" in his 800+ horse power trophy truck (off road racing truck) in the grueling deserts on the Baja California peninsula, competing in such races as the SCORE INTERNATIONAL Baja 1000 & Baja 500.[citation needed]

As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $830,000.[2] His 15 cashes as the WSOP account for $604,900 of those winnings.[3]

World Series of Poker Bracelets

Year Tournament Prize
1977 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud $44,000
1977 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw $80,000
1978 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $210,000
1979 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw $90,000


  1. ^ MGM Mirage's 2006 proxy statement, filed on 4/30/06, recorded Baldwin's age as 55
  2. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  3. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,

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