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Eric Baldwin Wins Second Career World Series of Poker Bracelet

2009 Card Player POY Winner Banks $319,580 In $1,500 NLHE Event

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The latest $1,500 no-limit hold’em event at the 2018 World Series of Poker proved to be another success, drawing a field of 1,330 entrants to create a total prize pool of $1,795,500. The field was so big that a fourth, unscheduled day of play was needed to determine a champion.

In the end, the title, the $319,580 first-place prize, and the bracelet went to none other than former Card Player Player of the Year winner Eric Baldwin. This was Baldwin’s second career bracelet win, the first coming in another $1,500 no-limit hold’em event back in 2009 for $521,932.

Baldwin and runner-up Ian Steinman, who finished second in March’s WPT Rolling Thunder main event, came back on day 4 to battle heads-up for the title. Although Steinman threatened to fight his way back into the match, Baldwin’s A-J cracked his pocket kings with an ace on the river to end his tournament run.

Now 35, the former collegiate baseball champion now has 25 career live tournament titles on his poker resume, 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 WSOP reporters after his win. “But man it’s fun! I wish everyone could experience this. It’s so cool.”

Notables who made a deep run in the event included Aaron Massey (4th), Stephen Song (7th), JC Tran (12th), Jay Farber (13th), Jason Wheeler (15th), Ryan Laplante (16th), Ryan Goindoo (18th), Brandon Hall (21st), Jake Schwartz (24th), and Jack Duong (25th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Eric Baldwin $319,580 960
2 Ian Steinman $197,461 800
3 Enrico Rudelitz $140,957 640
4 Aaron Massey $101,819 480
5 Robert Georato $74,434 400
6 Michael Finstein $55,077 320
7 Stephen Song $41,257 240
8 Gilsoo Kim $31,290 160
9 Mathew Moore $24,032 80

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