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Eric Baldwin Captures Second Career Mid-States Poker Tour Title

Las Vegas Resident Defeats Field of 274 Entries To Earn $55,261


Eric Baldwin wins 2023 MSPT VenetianEric Baldwin is now a two-time Mid-States Poker Tour champion, with both of his victories coming in MSPT events held at The Venetian Las Vegas.

The longtime poker pro based out of Sin City first broke through on the MSPT in 2019, topping a field of 377 in a $1,100 buy-in affair that September to earn $80,872. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner’s latest win also came in a $1,100 buy-in. This time around, he bested a field of 274 entries to secure his second MSPT trophy and the top prize of $55,261.

“It feels good. It’s hard to win a live tournament," Baldwin told MSPT reporters after coming out on top. "The MSPT puts on a great show, and over the years, Venetian is a place where I have had a lot of success, so it’s cool to win one here.”

Baldwin has now cashed for nearly $391,000 in MSPT events. This recent score propelled his overall career tournament earnings to more than $8.3 million.

In addition to the title and the money, Baldwin was also awarded 432 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this tournament. This was his first title and 12th final-table finish of the year, with more than $467,000 in to-date POY earnings accrued along the way. As a result, he has climbed inside the top 100 in the 2023 POY race standings presented by Global Poker.

Baldwin was one of several highly accomplished players who made it to the final day of this event. Among others who cashed by making the top 30 were Nicholas Pupillo (28th), five-time MSPT champion Blake Bohn (27th), bracelet winner Michael Holtz (21st), bracelet winner and MSPT champion Rob Wazwaz (19th), Hayley Hanna (12th), three-time bracelet winner Jim Collopy (11th), bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (10th), bracelet winner Jeremy Eyer (9th), and bracelet winner Tamas Lendvai (4th).

2021 World Poker Tour Venetian main event champion Qing Liu finished second to Baldwin, earning $39,452 for his latest deep run at the venue. He now has more than $2.9 million in career cashes to his name.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Eric Baldwin $55,261 432
2 Qing Liu $39,452 360
3 Andrew Rodgers $28,648 288
4 Tamas Lendvai $21,165 216
5 Moises Torres $15,913 180
6 Hal Marcus $12,180 144
7 Tjam Tepeh $9,494 108
8 Tyler Willse $7,539 72
9 Jeremy Eyer $6,100 36

Winner photo provided by MSPT.