Poker Legend – Barry Greenstein

Birthdate: December 30, 1954 Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois Resides: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA

Poker legend Barry Greenstein has enjoyed a very successful career to date and recently picked up his third World Series of Poker (WSOP) winner’s bracelet at the 2008 World Series.

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.

At the 2004 WSOP, Greenstein picked up his first and most profitable bracelet in the $5 000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event, earning a tidy $296 200.

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.

Other Tournaments

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.