Barry Greenstein has been making a living at the poker table for many years, but he is just now getting the recognition he deserves. After winning the World Poker Tour at the World Poker Open, some people still don’t know who Greenstein is. Tournament pros however know he is a man to be respected. Greenstein has won two tournaments in less than a year with a first prize of more than $1 million dollars.
Greenstein is known as “The Robin Hood of Poker”. He has donated every bit of his tournament winnings to charity, most of which goes to Children, Inc which works to help children in twenty-one countries including the United States. Children, Inc is affiliated with schools, orphanages and welfare centers providing food, clothing and educational needs.
Barry grew up in Chicago in the Scottsdale neighborhood where he excelled in math and computers in high school. He got his B.S. in computer science and attended the University of Illinois, where he worked on his Ph.D. in mathematics. He worked at Symantec from 1984 until 1991 when he retired at the age of 36. Since then he has pursued his passion for playing cards full-time. He has made a living playing high stakes games in northern California and now in Larry Flynt’s game at the Hustler Casino.
In 2003, Barry won Larry Flynt’s $1 million one-table stud event at Hustler Casino. His World Poker Tour appearances include a first place finish at the 2004 Jack Binion’s World Poker Open and a fifth place finish in the 2004 Party Poker Million 3. In 2004, he won a World Series bracelet in No- Limit Deuce to Seven Draw. He was one of the elite players invited to play in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and he also contributed to Doyle Brunson’s new book “Super System 2″.