Bobby Baldwin has had a very successful poker career. He was one of the original poker pros to experience major success at the WSOP and has four gold bracelets to his name.
However, Baldwin has spent most of his later adult years serving as a casino executive. The 1978 WSOP Main Event champ has parlayed this career into a CEO role with the future Drew Las Vegas. This job falls right in line with his previous gig with MGM’s CityCenter.
Baldwin Continues Run as Vegas Success Story
Baldwin has been famous in poker circles since taking down the 1978 Main Event. He was so popular among the Vegas poker crowd that the Bellagio’s high-stakes poker room, Bobby’s Room, bears his namesake.
The 69-year-old has remained very relevant thanks to his various executive jobs with casinos. He’s served important roles with the ARIA, Golden Nugget, MGM, and Mirage. He now adds being the CEO of Drew Las Vegas to his impressive resume.
Baldwin stepped down from his lofty role with MGM Resorts last year. Some wondered if he’d been forced out due to his age or some other issue. However, it’s now clear that he was planning a prominent role with a new casino.
More on Drew Las Vegas
The Drew is a large future resort on the Vegas Strip. Previously called Fontainbleau (formerly Algiers Hotel), it was under construction in 2007 but scrapped just two years later after the developer ran into financial difficulties.
Last year, though, Marriott International and the Witkoff Group purchased the property and announced plans to finish the construction.
Witkoff CEO Steve Witkoff has now tabbed Baldwin to serve as the resort’s first CEO. He called Baldwin a “transformational leader who has unrivaled experience.”
Drew Las Vegas will feature 67 stories when it’s completed in 2022. The resort is named after Witkoff’s son, Andrew, who overdosed on OxyContin and died in 2011.