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Meet the Current Player of the Year Leader: Eric Baldwin

Eight Final Tables, Two Wins, and $1 Million in Winnings in 2009

by Kristy Arnett |  Published: Oct 02, 2009


One man’s dreams of becoming a professional baseball player and competing in the World Series slowly faded during college as dreams of making his name in a different World Series were kindled. This summer, he not only realized his aspirations of winning a gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker, but also earned recognition as the best tournament poker player in the world thus far this year. He is current Card Player 2009 Player of the Year leader Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin. Baseball Comes First Baldwin was born in Peoria, Illinois, but his family moved to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, when he was 2. They resided in “Packer Territory,” but his father was quick to teach him proper Illinois fan loyalty. “He pretty much brainwashed me into becoming a Bears and Cubs fan,” said Baldwin with an infectious laugh as he adjusted his trademark Cubs baseball cap. “I’ve got a really ...

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