Barry Greenstein is an incredible poker player, having won three World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles over the duration of his professional career. He has accumulated over 7.5 million dollars from tournaments alone.
Greenstein, often referred to as "The Robin Hood of Poker," is always looking for new foundations to donate a portion of his winnings to. Actually, 100% of his online tournament winnings go directly to charity already, and sometimes he even donates his winnings from other poker events too.
Barry Greenstein was born December 30th, 1964 in Chicago, IL. He was introduced to poker at a very young age when he learned to play the game by watching his father.
After high school, Greenstein enrolled at the University of Illinois where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He continued going to school to earn his PhD, but was never able to finish his dissertation. He accepted a job as a programmer for Symantec in the 1980s, but after nearly a decade of working there, he retired to play poker full time.
Greenstein's first World Series of Poker victory occurred in 2004 when he took first place in the No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event for $296,200. He went on to win two more WSOP gold bracelets and you can refer to the chart below if you'd like more information on those events.
World Series of Poker Bracelets
|2004||$5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw||$296,200|
|2005||$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||$128,505|
In 2008, Greenstein cashed in at six different events at the WSOP for a combined total of $768,461. He also finished second in the 2008 WSOP Player of the Year standings, falling close behind Erick Lindgren. A few years later, at the 2011 World Series of Poker, Greenstein took third place in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship, winning another $170,000.
Greenstein also successfully earned two World Poker Tour titles for winning the Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open for the grand prize of over $1.2 million dollars and the 2006 WPT Invitational at the Commerce Casino for the $100,000 cash prize.
In addition to those, he has also won the World Poker Tour Fathers & Son Tournament and the WPT Poker by the Book Chapter 2. Both of these events are considered special WPT events and are separate from the other two main WPT titles that he has won.
Greenstein was recruited to be a part of Team PokerStars, where you can often find him playing online under the screen-name, "barryg1." As part of the team, Greenstein loved competiting on televised poker competitions, having appeared in the first three season of NBC's Poker After Dark, all seven seasons of GSN's High Stakes Poker, and the first three seasons of Pokerstars Invitational Tournament.
Along with tournaments, Greenstein often plays $4000/8000 Pot Limit and No Limit Texas Hold'em cash games, where he's known to win and lose millions of dollars within a single session of the game.
Greenstein currently resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, California with his wife; they have two children together and he adopted her four children from a previous marriage. His step-son, Joe Sebok, is also a professional poker player and together they developed a website called, PokerRoad, which is packed-full of great advice on various poker strategies.
No one is more generous than Greenstein, that's for sure. After winning $770,000 at Larry Flynt's $1 million Seven-Card Stud event in 2003, he donated $440,000 to Children Incorporated, so that each of their 440 employees would receive a $1,000 bonus. He often chooses to donate to this foundation because it helps ensure that impoverished children still get the education that they need. He has also pledged to give all net winnings from his online tournaments to this charity.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016