Less than one week after earning Player of the Year title, top ranked poker player joins UB.com’s Team UB.
After taking the poker circuit by storm and tearing up the tables for $1.5 million in 2009 alone, Eric Baldwin has landed at UB.com, the site today confirmed. The announcement comes just days after Card Player declared Eric Baldwin the 2009 Player of the Year.
Eric Baldwin isn’t just a new UB pro, he is UB. Eric loves this game more than anything in the world, he plays to win, and he’s respected for his passion at the tables. We really couldn’t be more ecstatic to have the Player of the Year on our team.
Cardroom Consultant @ UltimateBet.com
Since beginning his poker career just a few years ago, Baldwin has built a reputation as one of the most dangerous poker players to ever play the game – online and off. He’s also garnered the respect of his peers for his down-to-earth persona, building a name for himself without losing the everyman qualities that have made him so revered.
Along the way, 26-year-old Baldwin has also amassed a small fortune, winning over $2.6 million at the land-based and online poker tables. In 2009, Baldwin earned $1.5 million playing poker, a figure that matches the lifetime winnings of some seasoned poker pros. This year alone, Baldwin has made 17 final tables, including one at UB.com’s signature Aruba Poker Classic. Baldwin finished in 4th place of the $5,500 Main Event for a $126,710 payday. He holds the record for most final table appearances in 2009.
But it’s not just about final tabling tournaments. It’s about winning them. Most recently, Baldwin finished first in Event #15 of the 2009 Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio, securing $256,600 for his win. Other notable first place finishes in 2009 include a $198,933 win in Event #24 of the 2009 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza II, and a $521,932 bracelet win at this year’s World Series of Poker.
I am eager to be a part of UB’s new brand direction. I carefully weighed my sponsorship opportunities over the last couple of months and after meeting with UB officials and the Team UB pros, it’s very clear that UltimateBet.com is the perfect fit.
Card Player Magazine Player of the Year
Eric Baldwin plays at UB.com under the name eric_baldwin. Online poker players at UltimateBet can employ the online poker site’s free UltimateBuddy feature to discover where Eric Baldwin is playing.
Built for passionate poker players, UB.com offers top poker rewards, optimal poker tournament structures and fast-paced action games in one of the largest online poker communities in the world. Players can download the free poker software, play in free ring games and tournaments, plus meet and chat online with Phil Hellmuth and other Team UB pros to learn and enhance their playing strategy. UB provides the best poker games available on the net as part of the CEREUS poker network.
Miss California Teen USA Title in the Hands of Professional Poker Player Matt Vengrin
Professional poker player Matt Vengrin was taking a break from holding Kings and Queens to help crown the next Miss California Teen USA. The Absolute Poker pro had been a celebrity judge in the recent Miss California Teen USA Pageant 2009. Some guys have all the luck!
As a poker player, I know how fierce competition can be. Just like playing in the World Series of Poker, these girls are in for a grueling but fun weekend and I’m excited to be an integral part of the experience.
Poker Pro Matt Vengrin
Matt Vengrin is one of online poker’s most successful young poker players. In a little over two years, the 24-year-old has won nearly $2 million playing poker at Absolute Poker, a number of other sites and at land-based casinos. In 2009 alone, the online poker pro has amassed six top 10 finishes in several popular online poker tournaments, including a 1st place finish in a recent No Limit Hold’em event for $61,600 in February and a 2nd place finish in a $100k tournament for $21,327 in January. Most recently, Vengrin finished strong in the Main Event of the 2009 Aruba Poker Classic, a $5,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament held at the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino. Vengrin collected $13,820 for his 27th place finish.
Being surrounded by beautiful women is anything but foreign to Vengrin. The poker professional sits alongside Lacey Jones, one of the hottest women in poker, on Absolute Poker’s team of pros. Most recently, Reality TV bombshell Trishelle signed on as Absolute Poker’s celebrity endorser, making the team even more attractive. Online poker players at AbsolutePoker.com can employ the online poker site’s free Absolute Buddy software to discover where Matt Vengrin is seated. He will be featured in red text while playing at Absolute Poker’s tables under the name vengmoney.
About Absolute Poker
AbsolutePoker is part of the CEREUS poker network and is dedicated to providing players from around the world with an online poker game experience that is second to none.
Players worldwide can access Absolute Poker online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any PC or Mac and experience the best multi-player game online poker has to offer. Absolute Poker is committed to remaining the most trusted and best online poker experience, created by poker players for poker players.
Epic 9: UltimateBet.com
The final table of the WSOP gets underway this November, but the real excitement is at UltimateBet all October long.
That’s because you’ve got a massive shot at scoring a seat in our Epic 9 event, a 9-player tourney featuring Phil Hellmuth and $50,000. There’s also $2,000 a day in leaderboard cash at stake