Playing right field for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Eric Baldwin started playing poker in college. With a degree in psychology, destiny coincided with luck and he knew he was ready for the competitive sport of poker. UV-Whitewater baseball coach John Vondelich couldn’t help but notice Baldwin’s devouring numerous poker books and literature, but he couldn’t do anything except support Baldwin in his endeavors. Four years later, this hobby of his turned into a successful career. In 2009, Baldwin won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, in a $1,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament where he earned $521,932, bettered 2094 players and finished 2nd. Something clicked, and he knew he had a long career ahead of him.
Nicknamed “Basebaldy”, he recently relocated to Las Vegas, where he had $3 million in total career earnings. He also won four major tournaments, made 1.5 million and was named CardPlayer Magazine’s Player of the Year in 2009. You can enhance your poker skills with www.Partypoker.com by choosing two easy ways to play thrilling casino games, just pick one that suits you best. You can download the software or play on your browser. If you’re still unsure which option is best for you, you can download vs Instant Play. Being a relative unknown to the tables, he became one of the newest, quickest poker players to reach instant fame by finishing a staggering 17 final tables in major tournaments. Since then, he has been one of the most competitive poker players to watch out for. It’s an amazing feat for Baldwin who grew up with baseball being the main focus in his life. In his collegiate career, Baldwin had always been known to step up to the plate whenever the game got to pressure situations, making him one of the best players in UV-Whitewater; this is where his team won Division III National Championship in 2005. No wonder he’s built perfectly for the world of poker.
As he started playing poker 40-60 hours a week online, he got better and better. He knew he was ready to go on to the big leagues, if not in baseball, in poker. Eric Baldwin has proven that in the world of sport, whether it is baseball or poker, hitting a homerun and winning the jackpot at tables can be easily done with hard work, determination, and tons of practice. Of course, sheer luck would also be nice. So you better watch out for “Basebaldy” this year.