Barry Greenstein is a phenomenal poker player, as shown by the fact that he has been awarded three bracelets from the World Series of Poker and two crowns from the World Poker Tour throughout the course of his professional career. Simply via participation in competitions, he has amassed more than 7.5 million dollars.
Greenstein, who is well known as “The Robin Hood of Poker,” searches for new foundations all the time in order to give a percentage of his gains to them. Greenstein has won a significant amount of money over the years. Actually, all of his wins from online tournaments are immediately donated to a charitable organization, and sometimes he even gives away the money he takes home from live poker games as well.
In the Beginning
On December 30th, 1964, Barry Greenstein was born in the city of Chicago, Illinois.
When he was very young, his father taught him how to play poker by showing him the ropes. This gave him an early start in the game.
After graduating from high school, Greenstein went on to pursue a degree in computer science at the University of Illinois, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He continued his academic pursuits with the hope of earning a PhD, but he was never able to complete his dissertation. In the 1980s, he obtained a position with Symantec as a programmer, but after almost ten years of service at the company, he decided to resign and devote his whole time to playing poker instead.
Poker Accomplishments and Honors
Greenstein won his first World Series of Poker event in 2004, taking home $296,200 for winning the No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw tournament. This was Greenstein’s first victory in the World Series of Poker. He went on to win two more gold bracelets at the WSOP, and if you would want more information on those competitions, you may refer to the chart that is provided below.
Bracelets from the World Series of Poker
At the World Series of Poker in 2008, Greenstein participated in six different tournaments and won a cumulative total of $768,461. In addition, he placed in second place in the race for WSOP Player of the Year in 2008, finishing just a few spots behind Erick Lindgren. A few years later, in 2011, Greenstein won an additional $170,000 by placing third in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship at the World Series of Poker.
Greenstein also had success on the World Poker Tour, achieving two titles as a result of his victories in the Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, which awarded him the top prize of more than $1.2 million, and the 2006 WPT Invitational, which was held at the Commerce Casino and awarded him the cash prize of $100,000.
In addition to that, he is the champion of the World Poker Tour Fathers & Son Tournament as well as the World Poker Tour Poker by the Book Chapter 2 Tournament. These two tournaments are regarded to be special WPT events and are distinct from the other two major WPT championships that he has won in the past.
Greenstein was persuaded to become a member of Team PokerStars, and you can often find him participating in online poker games under the screen handle “barryg1.” Greenstein was a huge fan of participating in televised poker tournaments when he was a member of the team. He made appearances in the first three seasons of NBC’s Poker After Dark, all seven seasons of GSN’s High Stakes Poker, and the first three seasons of the Pokerstars Invitational Tournament. Greenstein also participated in Poker After Dark.
Greenstein often participates in $4000/8000 Pot Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em cash games in addition to tournaments. It is well known that throughout the course of a single session of the game, Greenstein has both won and lost many millions of dollars.
Life Outside of Work
Greenstein and his wife, who he adopted four of her children from a former marriage, presently live in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The couple has two children of their own, and he also adopted her four children. Together with his step-son Joe Sebok, who is also a professional poker player, he built a website called PokerRoad. The site is full of excellent advise on a variety of poker tactics and is a resource for poker players of all skill levels.