Poker Legend – Barry Greenstein
Birthdate: December 30, 1954 Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois Resides: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
Greenstein is widely admired for his generous nature – he often gives his tournament winnings to charity, which has led him to be tagged as “The Robin Hood of Poker”. This only adds to his status as a true poker legend.
Greenstein taught his then-girlfriend, Mimi Tran, how to play poker. Tran has gone on to forge her own successful professional career.
World Series of Poker
Barry Greenstein has won 3 bracelets at the World Series of Poker, with all of his victories coming in the last 5 years.
He followed this up at the 2005 World Series with victory in the $1 500 Pot Limit Omaha event, for which he claimed a pot of $128 505, while on June 13, 2008, he claimed the $1 500 Razz event bracelet and a first prize worth over $157 600 at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Barry Greenstein has finished in the money at the World Series of Poker a total of 37 times and his best finish to date at the Main Event is a 22nd place in 1992.
Barry Greenstein has enjoyed widespread success in the world of professional poker, leading to his status as a legend of the game. As well as his successes at the World Series of Poker, Greenstein has also claimed 14 money finishes on the World Poker Tour, including 4 final tables and 2 titles.
Greenstein earned over $1.27 million for winning the Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, while his victory at the 2006 WPT Invitational at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles was worth $100 000.
Barry Greenstein’s place as a poker legend is secure and to date he has pocketed over $6.4 million in live tournament winnings.
Did You Know?
- Greenstein holds a bachelor degree in computer science but dropped out of his PhD in mathematics.
- Barry Greenstein hands over an autographed copy of his book – Ace on the River – to anyone who eliminates him from tournament play.