Second Bracelet, gift wrapped for Wife’s birthday
Eric Baldwin won his first bracelet nearly a decade ago. He won a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event in 2009 and won the same event nine years later for his second. The former collegiate baseball champion, now has 25 career live tournament titles to his name and a whopping $5.8 million in earnings.
Baldwin toppled a field of 1,330 entries to win his second bracelet and $319,580. As if the money and the title wasn’t enough, his mother came to watch him win one of poker’s highest honors for the second time in his career.
“It makes you treat it a lot more professionally,” said Baldwin about playing poker with a family counting on him. “We got real responsibility, now.” With extra heads to feed, a strong family support system is what he relies on and is incredibly grateful to have.
The former Wisconsin right fielder made a name for himself in the pre-Black Friday era of poker (read more here: https://www.cnbc.com/id/42649117). Baldwin witnessed the evolution of the game, having been in poker for as long as he has been. From the early days of Moneymaker, to the online boom, to Black Friday, to today’s poker world where everybody is worried about playing ‘GTO.’
Baldwin showed ace-jack and was pitched against Steinman’s pocket kings. The river was an ace to send the 2016 WSOP.com Nevada Online Player of the Year home in second-place, while Baldwin left with his second bracelet.
Well, he certainly hit this one out of the ball on his wife’s birthday, talk about timing!