|When Bobby The Owl 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history, to be superseded by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 and then
Phil Hellmuth in 1989. His
major wins include four WSOP
titles, all won from 1977 to
|WSOP Gallery of Champions Poker Professional Player Biography
Bobby "The Owl" Baldwin is a professional poker player as well as a top
When Baldwin won the WSOP main event in 1978, he became the youngest
winner in World Series of Poker history. He was to hold this record until he
was surpassed by Stu Ungar in 1980, followed by Phil Hellmuth in 1989. His
major tournament wins include four WSOP titles, all won from 1977 to 1979.
In 2003, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
He became a consultant for the Golden Nugget casino in 1982 , and in 1984
was named the president of the casino. He was selected to head The Mirage
Resort and casino in Las Vegas 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. His book, Tales Out of Tulsa, is a poker guide for
novices, published in 1985.
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