Poker Hall of Famer becomes CEO of Drew Las Vegas
Bobby Baldwin will lead the venue into the future
Bobby Baldwin, the 1978 WSOP Main Event champion, was offered to be the head of a casino that will soon be open in Las Vegas Strip. This is not the first time that he has been in a similar position, as he served at MGM’s CityCenter entertainment complex that was on the Strip, as well in management. The 69-year-old poker player is also so popular and famous in the poker world that a poker room was named after him at the Bellagio (Bobby’s Room).
Baldwin is a unique player. He has been playing high-stakes poker ever since the ’70s and now he is a specialist in that area. The people familiar with the poker industry also know Baldwin as a prosperous executive in more than one Las Vegas casino – Aria, Mirage and, Golden Nugget, to name a few. It has been announced that he will be taking up a new position as the CEO of Drew Las Vegas located on the north side of the Strip.
The former Fontainebleau resort was the location of the previously known Algiers Hotel and now, is being transformed into the future Drew Las Vegas. This blue glossy building has been standing empty since 2009 when due to financial reasons, it was paused. It was acquired by the new owner Witkoff Group and Marriot International, who already informed the casino would be finished and open as expected in 2022.
Baldwin was called by the owner to take a lead on being the CEO and vice-chairman. It was shared by the current Witkoff CEO, Steve Witkoff, that they consider Baldwin to be a leader who can transform things and has incomparable experience. In recent years, the Strip has been going through several changes with iconic casinos being taken down and being replaced with another.