Barry Greenstein's Vital Stats:
Barry Greenstein was born in Chicago just before 1955 rolled in (Dec 30th, 1954 to be precise). He has six children and now calls California home. He is well-known as a high-stakes cash game player who says he has won seven figures annually for playing poker for well over a decade. Because of his skill and success in cash games, when he plays in tournaments, he donates all his money to charity. That's right, he gives away 100% of his tournament profits.
Barry Greenstein’s Nickname :
Greenstein is known as “the Robin Hood of Poker” because of his charitable contributions and nature. He has donated literal millions to various causes, including Children Inc., an organization that supports aid for poverty-stricken children around the world.
How Barry Greenstein Chose to Give to Children's Inc. :
"It really started a result of my bad parenting. I had spoiled my kids and I was trying to show them that other kids aren’t as fortunate as they are. I wanted to sponsor a boy and a girl the same ages as my two youngest children."
--from an interview at Poker Lizard
Barry Greenstein on Being a Poker Pro:
"I don't love playing poker -- it's my job,"
Barry Greenstein's Notable Poker Tournament Wins:
2008 World Series of Poker $1,500 Buy-in Razz Even[/br] 2005 World Series of Poker $1,500 Buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Event
2004 World Series of Poker No-limit Deuce to Seven Draw Event
2004 World Poker Tour Jack Binion World Poker Open $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event
2003 Larry Flynt’s $1 Million Huster Casino Stud Event
Barry Greenstein’s Poker Book:
Greenstein describes his book, Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide as the first book just for advanced players. Barry started writing the book because Doyle Brunson had asked him to contribute to Super System II -- but instead of a chapter, he ended up writing a whole book.
Barry Greenstein Trivia:
- Greenstein was one of the initial employees at the start-up company that became Symantec.
- In exchange for helping girlfriend Mimi Tran improve her game, she taught Greenstein Vietnamese.
- Barry Greenstein has a B.S. in computer science and worked on his PhD in mathematics at the University of Illinois.
- When not at the table, Barry sometimes plays golf and bridge online.
Barry Greenstein on Other Poker Pros :
In this section of his site, Greenstein writes up his opinions and thoughts on the other poker pros he's played with... each with an accompanying song to add to his words. It's hilarious and fascinating.