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December 22, 2009 00:00 ET

Card Player's Player of the Year, Eric Baldwin, Lands at UB.com

Less Than One Week After Earning Player of the Year Title, Top Ranked Poker Player Joins UB.com's Team UB

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - December 22, 2009) - 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 online poker 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," stated Annie Duke, UB.com's Cardroom Consultant. "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."

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," noted Baldwin. "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 UB is the perfect fit."

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.

About UB.com

Built for the passionate poker player, 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.

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