Longtime PocketFives.com member Eric basebaldyBaldwin (pictured) has signed a two-year extension with the USA-friendly site UB.com. He has over $4.2 million in career poker earnings to his credit and elected to continue representing UB.com after his initial one-year deal expired in December. Baldwin is a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, having taken down a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event in 2009 for $522,000.
Baldwin revealed why he decided to re-up his deal in a press release distributed by UB.com this week: “Signing again with UB.com was a no-brainer. I like the direction that the site is headed and I’m really feeling the new, younger Team UB. I’m excited to continue to be a big part of it.” In December, longstanding UB.com pros Annie Dukeand 11-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (pictured) parted ways with the site after representing it for a decade.
Just a week after Duke and Hellmuth separated from UB.com, the site welcomed bracelet winner and former World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker winner Prahlad Friedman (pictured) into its ranks. Friedman took 20th in the 2006 WSOP Main Event and was one of the many players affected by the cheating scandal that rocked the now-renamed Ultimate Bet. The free throw shooter extraordinaire has over $1 million in career WSOP earnings.
Baldwin is a two-time Triple Crownwinner here on PocketFives.com and final tabled the UB.com Aruba Poker Classic Main Event in 2009 for $126,000. He was named the 2009 CardPlayer Player of the Year and signed with UB.com that December. In December 2008, Baldwin took down the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guarantee for $132,000 and is just a few days removed from final tabling the site’s $150,000 Guarantee for $15,000.
Last April, he took second to PokerStarspro David Williams in the $25,000 WPT Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. His not-so-paltry consolation prize was over $1 million in cash from the 195-player field. The final 18 landed in the money, a group that included longtime online poker pro and bracelet winner Cliff JohnnyBaxJosephy and WPT Season VIII Player of the Year Faraz The-Toilet Jaka (pictured).
Last November, Baldwin won the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Los Angeles Bounty Shootout for $157,000, edging out Justin Young heads-up. Interestingly, Williams finished third in that event, which sported a winner-take-all format.
Baldwin currently owns the ninth spot in the ESPN poker rankings dubbed “The Nuts,” down one position from December. Providing a quick scouting report on the man they call “basebaldy,” ESPN.com Poker Editor Andrew Feldman commented, “There are few players who not only can compete with Baldwin’s ability on the felt, but can also say they have as much fun playing as he does.”
One year ago, the former collegiate baseball player donated $200,000 to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, so the school could install lights on its field.
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