Bobby Baldwin who was the youngest person to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 1978 at age 28, also raking in $210,000, will now be heading the operations at the under construction casino, The Drew in Las Vegas. Baldwin has won four WSOP bracelets and over $2 million in cash in several WSOP tournaments while writing several books on poker and billiards. Previously he has been the president of The Mirage, Golden Nugget, and Bellagio.
The Poker legend Bobby Baldwin will be helming the new casino on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, according to Americasino. It is still not completely constructed as it was 70% finished when the owners went bankrupt. It was bought by billionaire Carl Icahn at a 2010 bankruptcy auction for $150 million who later sold it to Steven Witkoff for $600 million. Witkoff postponed the opening of The Drew to 2022 which was originally expected to open in 2020.
Steven Witkoff has shared that Baldwin’s long poker history and experience at the captain’s wheel of several iconic Las Vegas resorts makes him the perfect choice to be the CEO. He said that as they are making final preparations for construction, they had an unique opportunity to work with a transformational leader who has unrivaled experience.He said, “Bobby sees how far the project has come and is supportive of our vision and strategy. He has been at the helm of many preeminent resorts in Las Vegas including Mirage, Bellagio, and CityCenter.”