Bobby Baldwin Named CEO of Future Vegas Strip Casino

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Poker Hall of Famer Bobby Baldwin has been named Chief Executive Officer of Drew Las Vegas, a future casino on the Strip. The 1978 WSOP Main Event champ served in a comparable role for MGM’s CityCenter amusement facility, additionally on the Strip.

Baldwin is an unusual titan in both poker and the corporate world. He’s invested the majority of his grown-up life playing high-stakes poker as well as representing major gambling establishment brand names as an executive. The 69-year-old left MGM Resorts last year. Numerous guessed that he was forced out.

Bobby Baldwin won the 1978 WSOP Main Event and after that three extra bracelets during the 1970’s. Ever since, he has actually sculpted a specific niche as a high-stakes poker cash video game professional. He’s so much of a casino poker celeb that the famous Bellagio poker room– Bobby’s Space– was called after him.

However those in the gambling globe outside of the online poker area recognize him a lot more as a successful exec at many Las Vegas casinos, consisting of Aria, Mirage, and also Golden Nugget. The former poker globe champ currently takes over as Chief Executive Officer of Drew Las Vegas, a future casino on the north end of the Strip.

Drew Las Vegas is unfinished, huge resort formerly named the Fontainbleau, previously occupied by the Algiers Hotel. The building was partly integrated in 2007 but was stopped because of financial factors in 2009. Since then, the glossy blue building has actually stood there vacant. In 2015, nevertheless, the new proprietors– Witkoff Group and Marriott International– announced plans to complete construction and at some point open the hotel as well as casino site.

The new proprietors have hired Bobby Baldwin to act as the hotel’s first CEO as well as vice chairman. Witkoff CEO Steve Witkoff called the former online poker champ a “transformational leader who has unmatched experience.”

Drew Las Vegas, 67-story hotel, is expected to open in 2022. Obviously, that’s assuming all goes to plan. The hotel is called after Witkoff’s son, Andrew Witkoff, who died of an OxyContin overdose in 2011.

The north end of the Strip is presently going through a face-lift. In recent years, renowned gambling enterprises on that portion of the Strip such as the Riviera have been knocked down. The old Sahara, which ended up being SLS previously this years, is currently the Sahara once more. As well as, together with the Drew, an additional online casino– Resorts World– is being constructed.

Las Vegas is frequently altering.