What would you do if you won $1,278,370 by outlasting 370 mostly professional poker players during a four day heat? Most people would get a nice mansion, a fast car or a big, white boat. When Barry Greenstein claimed the first prize at the 2004 Jack Binion World Poker Tour, all of it was given to Children, Inc., a charity fund raiser. Barry has been named the Robin Hood of poker, an honourable and well-suiting title.
Barry Greenstein was born December 30, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. He was introduced to poker at the age of four, thanks to his father, who was a noted poker player in the Army. Nine years later, Barry played real poker for money with his friends. Gambling paid his bills from high school and through college years. Barry graduated at the University of Illinois in computer science, but spent the following ten years in the PhD program in mathematics.
In the meantime, Barry learned and polished his programming skills. He would eventually end up as a key programmer of Symantec, a tremendously successful software company, but left in 1991, before its success appeared for real to play poker and casino games. By doing so, he would dramatically increase his income and control his own fate.
Tournaments and major events like the World Poker Tour are great, but Barry’s beef is high stakes cash games. He is a regular player at PokerStars, playing under alias “crazyplayer”, which was an account originally created for a player from Taiwan who was taught poker by Barry. In return, Barry learned Taiwanese.
Barry Greenstein holds two World Series of Poker bracelets. He won the first bracelet in 2004 at the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw No Limit tournament, beating players like Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson. The following year, Barry beat the competition in the $1,500 Omaha Pot Limit tournament.
Besides WSOP, Barry also holds two World Poker Tour titles. The most prominent one is the Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, where he scored a total of $1,278,370. In 2006, Barry killed the competition at the WPT Invitational at the Commerce Casino.
Despite winnings exceeding $5 million, Barry has managed to keep a rather low profile, but his name has been highlighted ever since his appearance at World Poker Tour. He is also the author of “Ace on the River”, a book that has received praises from World Poker Tour champion Tuan Le, who says that the book introduced him to successful poker gambling.
Today, Greenstein lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California with two children and four step-children. One of his sons is a prominent poker player, who goes by the name Joe Sebok.
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