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Barry Greenstein

Name
Barry Greenstein
Nickname
The Robin Hood of Poker
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Poker Room
PokerStars PokerStars
Total winnings
$ 8,197,109
Cashes
165
First place Finishes
16

Biography

Barry Greenstein is an American professional poker player from Chicago, Illinois. He is widely recognized as “The Robin Hood of Poker” for donating big parts of his poker winnings to charity. Greenstein has three World Series of Poker bracelets in his trophy collection as well as two World Poker Tour titles.

Intro

Barry is a very professional player and never seems to lose his cool at the table, even if he does lose the occasional $1 million pot on an episode of High Stakes Poker. Maybe not the most intimidating player at the table, Greenstein employs a calculated and very analytical approach to that game that makes him a feared force by the other members of any table he sits down at.

Background

Barry Greenstein was born in Chicago, Illinois and exposed to cards by his father while he was growing up. Although Barry found love for the games of gin rummy and hearts, it was poker that provided him with a way to earn some extra income while growing up. After graduating high school, he earned a computer science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before going on to study for a mathematics Ph.D. Greenstein never did fully complete his Ph.D. studies. Instead, he relocated to California and began working for a company called Symantec. By the age of 36, Barry realized he could give up his day job and focus on poker full time.

Working hard and putting in long hours on the felt allowed Barry to make huge strides with poker, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he really won something big. In March of that year, Greenstein took first place in Larry Flynt’s Poker Challenge Cup for an enormous payday of $1 million. After winning the tournament, he decided to take a large chunk of the money and make a donation to a charity. Greenstein did just that, giving a large percentage of his winnings to charity. This is where his nickname “The Robin Hood of Poker” stemmed from. Still to this day, Greenstein uses his tournament winnings to donate to various charities and do his part.

World Series of Poker

In 2004 Greenstein captured his first WSOP bracelet in the No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event for almost $300,000 in prize money. One year later he scored a second one by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for more than $120,000. His third WSOP trophy came in 2008 when Greenstein took down the $1,500 Seven Card Razz tournament taking home almost $160,000 in cash.

Barry Greenstein's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2004$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$296,200
2005$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha1st$128,505
2008$1,500 Seven Card Razz1st$157,643
2004$1,500 Limit Ace to Five Draw2nd$44,700
2012$1,500 Seven Card Stud2nd$78,038

World Poker Tour

In 2004, Greenstein won the Jack Binion World Poker Open WPT Event for over $1.2 million collecting his first WPT title. Then in 2006 he won the L.A. Poker Classic No-Limit Hold'em Invitational event taking home $100,000 in prize money.

Barry Greenstein's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2004Jack Binion World Poker Open $10,000 Main Event1st$1,278,370
2006L.A. Poker Classic No-Limit Hold'em Invitational1st$100,000
2007Poker by the Book: Chapter 2 No-Limit Hold'em1st$25,500
2007North American Poker Championships, Ontario C$10,000 Championship4thC$306,388 ($316,638)
2004PartyPoker.com Million III $7,000 Limit Hold'em Championship5th$194,763

European Poker Tour

With three WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles Greenstein only has the European circuit to conquer in order to put the poker's “Triple Crown” on his head. Although he has one first-place finish in an EPT tournament, it wasn't the one that would name him the EPT champion. In 2008 Greenstein won the €10,000 Stars of Poker event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for a €50,000 payday.

Barry Greenstein's Top 5 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2008Grand Final, Monte Carlo €10,000 Stars of Poker1st€50,000
2012Berlin €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em5th€14,850
2012Barcelona €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em7th€11,180
2012Barcelona €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em11th€3,010
2012PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Event25th$46,000

Other Achievements

In 2003 Greenstein won the $125,000 Million Dollar Seven Card Stud Tournament at the Larry Flynt's Poker Challenge Cup in Gardena and took home a cash prize of $770,000. Then a year later he took down the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at the Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic for 215,969 in prize money. Barry is also a staple in the “Big Game” at the Bellagio with the likes of the late Chip Reese, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and Chau Giang.

Sponsorship

Greenstein is a member of Team PokerStars Pro.

Did you know?

  • Doyle Brunson respects talent when he sees it and sought Greenstein out to write a chapter in Super/System 2.
  • Greenstein also authored his own book called Ace on the River, which he’ll happily give you an autographed copy of if you bust him out of a tournament.

Latest News about Barry Greenstein

Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship1012nd$15,000
Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed948th$1,441
Event #57: $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix7th$23,595
Event #52: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em156th$2,477
Event #46: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better14th$9,513
Event #37: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em61st$4,319
Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold'em11th$9,085
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER331st$5,298
Event #19: THE GIANT - $365 No-Limit Hold'em403rd$772
Event #7: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball9th$9,502
Event #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em871st$1,735
Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT19th$6,407
2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
$5,000 Main Event37th$14,760
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #61: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship13th$19,463
Event #44: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em58th$6,718
2013 PokerStars.com UKIPT Isle of Man
Main Event11th£7,670
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em128th$4,181
Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better21st$5,273
Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better3rd$99,091
Event #20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better90th$3,066
Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em11th$29,980
2013 PokerStars.com EPT London
High Roller11th£26,850
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 47: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better32nd$6,747
Event 37: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix21st$7,900
Event 22: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball12th$8,169
Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz6th$30,150
Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud2nd$78,038
2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event25th$46,000
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 50,000 The Poker Players Championship - 8 Game15th$108,503
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Triple Chance27th$25,919
$ 2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo19th$7,452
$ 10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship3rd$169,512
$ 1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo36th$6,868
2011 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,585 Chinese Poker3rd$6,950
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 5,000 NAPT Bounty Shootout4th$10,000
2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 1,000 Satellite to Championship Event1st$10,500
Festa Al Lago
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event38th$16,120
2010 World Series Of Poker - Europe
£ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event23rd£26,400
2010 World Series of Poker
Tournament of Champions5th$25,000
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 824th$11,479
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 812th$14,544
NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2010
$ 20,000 No Limit Hold'em9th$25,000
2010 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event50th20,000 AUD
2009 World Series Of Poker - Europe
Caesars Cup - Europe vs USA2nd
Bellagio Cup V
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em13th$6,440
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo45th$2,690
$ 2,500 Mixed Limit/No Limit Hold'em5th$57,671
$ 10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha9th$82,746
$ 1,500 Limit Hold'em53rd$3,405
$ 3,000 H.O.R.S.E.43rd$5,277
$ 2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six Handed30th$5,360
$ 2,500 2-7 Lowball18th$4,094
Foxwoods Poker Classic 2009
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event12th$40,209
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$34,804
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$62,367
$ 500 Limit Hold'em19th$1,027
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event148th$12,500
Poker After Dark V
$ 20,000 Week 10 - Celebrities and Mentors3rd
2008 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 No Limit Hold'em - Doyle Brunson Classic38th$36,030
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em16th$3,055
Bellagio Cup IV
$ 15,000 No Limit Hold'em - WPT30th$38,785
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 50,000 H.O.R.S.E.6th$355,200
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em108th$4,084
$ 5,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo14th$18,400
$ 1,500 Seven Card Razz1st$157,643
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em46th$7,582
$ 5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball3rd$225,552
EPT Grand Final
€ 10,000 Stars of Poker - No Limit Hold'em1st€50,000
2008 Gold Strike World Poker Open
$ 10,000 WPT Championship Event18th$14,472
Poker After Dark III
$ 20,000 Week 7 - "Jam Up Week"6th
North American Poker Championships
C$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event4th306,388 CAD
2007 Legends of Poker
$ 9,500 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event31st$20,575
$ 4,850 No Limit Hold'em9th$9,500
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E7th$259,296
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em - Six Handed47th$5,260
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em - Shootout61st$6,757
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud4th$33,698
Poker After Dark II
$ 50,000 Week 18 - Mega Match4th
2007 Mandalay Bay Poker Championship
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event7th$54,655
WPT Poker by the Book: Chapter 2
No Limit Hold'em1st$25,500
Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em12th$16,805
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em20th$5,505
WSOP Circuit - Caesars Indiana
$ 5,000 Circuit Championship Event17th$8,843
2007 NBC National Heads-Up Championship
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em9th$25,000
2007 1st Annual Heads-Up Championships
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up Championships2nd$107,500
Poker After Dark
$ 20,000 Week 96th
Fifth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$31,940
2006 World Poker Finals
WPT Father and Sons Tournament1st$25,500
2006 Borgata Poker Open - WPT
$ 9,700 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em23rd$26,190
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em19th$3,963
2006 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em29th$1,977
$ 3,000 Limit Hold'em21st$5,647
$ 50,000 H.O.R.S.E.12th$205,920
$ 10,000 Pot Limit Omaha13th$20,492
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em53rd$5,447
$ 2,500 Short Handed No Limit Hold'em87th$3,790
2006 WSOP Circuit - Caesars Las Vegas
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em4th$22,892
Fourth Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em22nd$9,945
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em2nd$210,990
World Poker Challenge 2006
$ 5,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em6th$85,370
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Final 16 - Group C - Match 23rd
Final 16 - Group C - Match 12nd
Heat 196th
Heat 141st$10,000
Heat 102nd
Heat 84th
Heat 22nd
2006 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Heads Up No Limit Hold'em5th$75,000
2006 L.A. Poker Classic
WPT Invitiational - No Limit Hold'em1st$100,000
$ 2,425 No Limit Hold'em10th$7,857
Crown Australian Poker Championships 2006
A$ 100,000 Speed Poker Million Dollar Challenge5th
Fourth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em38th$40,250
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em13th$5,130
Bellagio Festa Al Lago IV
$ 10,000 2nd Annual Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship - No Limit Hold'em10th$41,380
2005 Ultimate Poker Classic
$ 5,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em9th$30,000
2005 Borgata Poker Open - WPT
$ 9,700 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em38th$12,489
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$94,000
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em25th$9,860
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Omaha1st$128,505
$ 1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo36th$1,625
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em20th$11,010
2005 World Poker Challenge
$ 5,000 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em11th$20,704
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 2
Heat 243rd
Heat 195th
Heat 153rd
Heat 124th
Heat 63rd
Heat 14th
2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em9th$25,000
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament
$ 400,000 Grand Final8th$100,000
Five-Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 3,000 Pot Limit Omaha9th$5,471
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em10th$9,856
2004 Festa al Lago III Poker Tournament
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em Final Day4th$28,589
2004 Plaza Ultimate Poker Challenge
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$1,600
2004 Legends of Poker
$ 500 Limit Hold'em7th$3,065
Festa al Lago II
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em10th$3,099
2004 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 A-5 Draw Lowball2nd$44,700
$ 5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$296,200
$ 5,000 No-Limit Hold'em12th$14,320
$ 1,000 No-Limit Hold'em54th$3,160
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split11th$6,200
2004 Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic/WPT Championship
$ 25,000 WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day35th$41,583
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em1st$215,969
2004 - PartyPoker.com Million III Limit Hold'em
$ 7,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day5th$194,763
2004 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha2nd$30,590
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud Championship11th$4,465
The Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open
$ 10,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em1st$1,278,370
2003 Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha8th$5,941
$ 1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo14th$2,401
2003 Showdown at the Sands
$ 500 Limit Hold'em10th$1,199
$ 500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo13th$500
2003 World Poker Finals
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em9th$2,850
$ 1,000 Seven Card Stud4th$7,905
2003 Tropicana Poker Championship Series
$ 3,000 Seven Card Stud Main Event1st$34,200
2003 United States Poker Championship
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st$38,805
Grand Slam of Poker 2003
$ 1,000 Seven Card Stud2nd$8,000
California State Poker Championship 2003
$ 1,000 Omaha Hi/Lo2nd$16,330
$ 500 Pot Limit Hold'em5th$5,080
$ 300 Limit Hold'em8th$6,740
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em1st$100,815
2003 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship Event49th$20,000
$ 1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split11th$3,980
2003 Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship
$ 1,500 Limit Hold'em2nd$59,073
Larry Flynt's Poker Challenge Cup - 2003
$ 125,000 Million Dollar Seven Card Stud Tournament1st$770,000
2003 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship - WPT14th$18,685
Grand Slam of Poker 2002
$ 2,000 7 Card Stud with Larry Flynt3rd$12,000
2002 World Series of Poker
$ 3,000 Limit Hold'em3rd$43,700
2002 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 Pot Limit Omaha9th$1,600
2000 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em31st$25,000
$ 5,000 7 Card Stud9th$7,575
1998 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 Seven-Card Stud16th$3,800
$ 2,000 Hold'em Pot Limit16th$3,664
1997 Legends Of Poker
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$13,125
Hall of Fame Poker Classic 1997
$ 1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo5th$5,363
$ 1,000 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo6th$4,450
California State Poker Championship 1997
$ 500 Limit Hold'em1st$29,000
1997 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw4th$36,500
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em10th$8,520
1996 Grand Finale
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em8th$1,200
1996 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 Ace to Five Draw5th$10,710
1995 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship202nd
LA Poker Classic IV
$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em4th$6,860
1993 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em3rd$17,580
1992 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship22nd$8,080
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