- Barry Greenstein
infobox poker player
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 final tables=4(+1)
wpt money finishes=14
Barry Greenstein (born
December 30, 1954in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional pokerplayer. 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 sciencefrom the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also studied for a PhD in mathematics, but left before completing his dissertation. He worked for Symantecuntil 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 Tranhow 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] ]
Greenstein has appeared in each of the first three series of
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournamentand all four seasons of the GSN series High Stakes Poker.
Greenstein has three
World Series of Pokerbracelets.
He has also won two
World Poker Tour(WPT) titles:
* Fifth Annual
Jack BinionWorld Poker Open ($1,278,370)
* 2006 WPT Invitational at the
At one time, Greenstein donated all of his tournament winnings to charities, primarily Children, Incorporated, and he is sometimes called the
Robin Hoodof 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
* [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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