MGM Resorts International announced that at the end of the year their long time serving gaming executive Bobby Baldwin will step down from his positions as Chief Development Officer of MGM Resorts and President and CEO of CityCenter at the end of the year.
The reasons for resignation are yet to be cited by the company and the man himself. "Few have played a more central role in the growth and development of the gaming industry than Baldwin and his continuous efforts and his contributions over more than three decades are immeasurable," said in company in a press release. "MGM Resorts expresses its gratitude to Bobby who has done a lot for the growth of the company and all he has meant to this industry and wishes him all the best for his future endeavours."
Spread around 16 million square feet, Project City Center first opened in 2009 with a total cost of approximately $9.2 billion reportedly the largest privately financed development in the US and Bobby was made the CEO of Project City Center in 2005.
Hailing from Oklahoma, Baldwin first shot into fame after he became the (then) youngest ever winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event at the age of 28 in 1978. He further went on to winning four bracelets during the late 1970s.
Baldwin contributed a chapter on limit hold'em to Doyle Brunson's groundbreaking strategy book Super/System which was first published as How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker back in 1978. Bobby Baldwin was the subject of a biography and strategy guide authored by Mike Caro in 1979 named Bobby Baldwin's Winning Poker Secrets, and he penned his own collection of poker stories, Tales out of Tulsa, in the mid-1980s.