Eric Baldwin won his first bracelet nearly a decade ago in 2009. He won the same event (Event #37: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em) nine years later for his second at the 2018 World Series of Poker.
Baldwin covered a a field of 1,330 entries to win his 2nd bracelet and $319,580. As if the cash and also the title had not been sufficient, Baldwin’s mommy was available in from community to watch her son earn one of poker’s highest honors for the 2nd time in his profession.
His mommy had not present when Baldwin won his very first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2009, and his father, however, lost out on that particular one as well. Considering that his initial bracelet, his father came to Las vega anytime Baldwin made a final table however was never ever fortunate enough to capture his son win his coveted second bracelet.
Eric Baldwin’s father died three years ago, so Baldwin junior dedicated his win today to him. “He kept coming out and trying to catch me when I would make a final table,” said Baldwin as he fought back tears. “And I could never win one, including a grueling second place. In a lot of ways, this one is for him.”
Baldwin as well as runner-up Ian Steinman, that ended up second in March’s WPT Rolling Thunder main event, returned on day 4 to fight heads-up for the title. Although Steinman threatened to eliminate his back right into the suit, Baldwin’s A-J cracked his pocket kings with an ace on the river to finish his competition run.
Currently 35, the former college baseball champ currently has 25 career live tournament titles on his poker career, along with more than $5.8 million in earnings.
“It was a lot of hours of poker and a lot of short-handed play, that really sucks your mental energy,” Baldwin told World Series of Poker reporters after his win. “But man it’s fun! I wish everyone could experience this. It’s so cool.”
Final Table Results:
|1||Eric Baldwin||United States||$319,580|
|2||Ian Steinman||United States||$197,461|
|4||Aaron Massey||United States||$101,819|
|5||Robert Georato||United States||$74,434|
|6||Michael Finstein||United States||$55,077|
|7||Stephen Song||United States||$41,257|
|8||Gilsoo Kim||United States||$31,290|
|9||Mathew Moore||United States||$24,032|