Bobby Baldwin exiting MGM

Bobby Baldwin, undoubtedly one of the most recognizable faces in the gambling industry, is leaving MGM Resorts, where he has served as an executive for more than 20 years.  His resignation was announced at the end of last week by MGM and will be effective at the end of the year.  Neither Baldwin nor MGM provided any details surrounding reasons for the resignation.

Baldwin first rose to prominence as being the youngest poker player at the time to win the WSOP.  He was only 28 at the time and used his success as a springboard to become a leader in the advancement of poker in Las Vegas.  He served in various positions, including as a consultant for the Golden Nugget and later its president, president of Bellagio, home to the famous high-stakes poker room Bobby's Room and as an executive with MGM.  He continued to play poker and took seventh at the 2012 $1 million Big One for One Drop, pocketing a cool $1.4 million. 

Baldwin, apart from his responsibilities with MGM, was also CEO of Project CityCenter in Las Vegas, a position he accepted in 2005.  CityCenter is home to the Aria, The Crystals, Veer Towers, the Mandarin Oriental and Vdara. 

In a short MGM press release, the company said, "Few have played a more central role in the growth and transformation of the gaming industry than Bobby, and his contributions over more than three decades are immeasurable.  MGM Resorts thanks Bobby for all he has done for the company and all he has meant to this industry and wishes him the best for the future."

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