Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein

infobox poker player
firstname=Barry
lastname=Greenstein
nickname=The Robin Hood of Poker, The Bear


caption=Barry Greenstein in the 2006 World Series of Poker
hometown=Rancho Palos Verdes, California
wsop bracelet count=3
wsop money finishes=37
wsop main event best finish rank=22nd
wsop main event best finish year=1992
multi-year wsop winner=
wpt titles=2(+1)
wpt final tables=4(+1)
wpt money finishes=14

Barry Greenstein (born December 30, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional poker player. He was exposed to poker at a young age by his father. After graduating from Bogan High School, [ [http://www.boganhs.org/barry_greenstein.jsp Bogan High School Alumni profile] ] he earned a bachelor degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also studied for a PhD in mathematics, but left before completing his dissertation. He worked for Symantec until retiring in 1991 at age 36 when he began to play poker full time. [ [http://www.poker-babes.com/bio/barry-greenstein/ Poker Babes profile] ] Greenstein has two children and four stepchildren, and resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. His stepson, Joe Sebok, is also a professional poker player.

In 2005, Greenstein wrote a book titled "Ace on the River". Tuan Le, a WPT Season 3 champion, claims that book showed him how to succeed on the poker circuit. Greenstein is known for giving away a free copy of his book to the player who eliminates him in a tournament, including his autograph and details of the hand. Greenstein taught former girlfriend Mimi Tran how to play poker in exchange for her teaching him how to speak Vietnamese. He also plays online at PokerStars, under the alias "barryg1" and is a member of the cardroom's "Team PokerStars".

He was also bet $10,000 by the 2+2 Poker Forums to say "lol donkaments" on an episode of High Stakes Poker, which he did after winning a hand against Erick Lindgren. After the initial $10,000, he also received a further $27,000 in donations from other charitable poker players who were amused by the bet. [ [http://www.pokerlistings.com/lol-donkaments-still-paying-out-for-the-kids 'Lol donkaments' still paying out for the kids] ]

Tournament play

Greenstein has appeared in each of the first three series of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and all four seasons of the GSN series High Stakes Poker.

Greenstein has three World Series of Poker bracelets.

He has also won two World Poker Tour (WPT) titles:
* Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open ($1,278,370)
* 2006 WPT Invitational at the Commerce Casino ($100,000)

At one time, Greenstein donated all of his tournament winnings to charities, primarily Children, Incorporated, and he is sometimes called the Robin Hood of poker. [ [http://www.cardplayer.com/magazine/article/13846 Card Player Magazine feature article] ]

As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $6,400,000. [ [http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=4739 Hendon Mob tournament results] ]

World Series of Poker bracelets

Notes

External links

* [http://www.barrygreenstein.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.pokerstars.com/team-pokerstars/barry-greenstein/ Team PokerStars profile]
* [http://www.worldpokertour.com/Players/Bios/B/Barry_Greenstein.aspx World Poker Tour profile]


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