Barry Greenstein

Barry Greenstein


Born on Dec 30, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois; Barry took to playing poker at a very young age.

He took to playing poker full time after his retirement from Symantec at the age of 36. He resides with family in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Joe Sebok one of his four step children is also a professional poker player.

All poker players have nicknames and screen names. Barry has two of them unlike so many of the others. He is known as "The Robin Hood of Poker" and "The Bear". While he is playing online at Pokerstars his screen name is “Barryg1”. He is part of Team Pokerstars as well.

Among his many accomplishments one of the biggest has to be the book he wrote in 2005. Titled "Ace on the River" it has been hailed as one that shows players how to succeed in the poker circuit. A true testimonial is from Tune Le, winner at the WPT Season 3. It is said that Barry gives away a free copy of this book to who ever gets him out of a tournament. Barry would also include an autograph and details of his hand on such books.

Barry is known as being a high stakes card player but he is also a very charitable one. Wanting to give others what he has made a lot of, Barry gives away all the prize money from tournaments to charity. Barry's donations have been of immense help to several people and organizations especially Children Inc; an organization for the welfare of under privileged children around the world. Barry is said to have chosen Children Inc in order to show his own children that there are those less fortunate than them and for them to know the value of what they have.

Lot of poker players would say that they love playing poker and that it is their passion. Ask Barry and he will tell you that playing poker is his job, it is what has got him what he has and it is what he turns to when he needs to earn for his charitable causes.

Barry is a person with many traits. At one time he taught his girl friend Mimi Tran how to play poker in return for being taught how to speak Vietnamese. His book "Ace on the River" was started after he was asked to contribute to Super System 2 by Doyle Brunson. He found that he could not just end with a few chapters hence ended up with a book of his own.

www.barrygreenstein.com is the official website of Barry Greenstein. On his website there is section where he writes about other poker players he has played with, his opinions and thoughts about them.

To his credit are three World Series of Poker bracelets and two WPT titles one at the Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open and the second in the 2006 WPT Invitational at the Commerce Casino. As of 2008 it is estimated that Barry has $6,400,000 as live tournament winnings.

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