It's been just a little more than a year since a man named Max Greenwood bought into the $1,000 no-limit hold'em rebuy event at the WSOP and took it down for nearly $700,000. He walked away with a gold bracelet on his wrist and a brother who was no doubt a little envious. That younger brother's name was Sam. It had not been too long since Max had introduced Sam to poker.
At the time, Sam was a student at a private high school in Toronto. The day he turned 18, he signed up on PokerStars and gave himself the name Str8$$$Homey (a name taken from this Randy Moss interview.
A year or two would pass before the elder brother won the bracelet, but a story was already starting that would take years to tell. The short version of the tale went like this: One brother had a gold poker bracelet on his wrist and another did not. That changed just a couple of days ago when Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood won the 2009 WCOOP $320 NLHE contest for $126,000.
"It was awesome. I won a lot of money and won it on a relatively big stage," Greenwood said. "I made a final table last year and have had a couple of pots that haunted me for the past year, so it was nice to get some redemption."Funny thing was, Greenwood almost skipped the event entirely. He was already in a couple of tournaments and saw the WCOOP $320 event had ten minute levels. He thought the tourney would end fairly quickly. He learned once the event started that he would be playing until close to sun up.
"I was planning on going to a bar," he said.
The 20-year old is on the verge of 21 and spends his time away from poker majoring in Finance at McGill University in Canada and watching as much television as he can. Other than that, it's poker.
"In most tournaments I have a moment where I fantasize about winning or making the final table," he said. "I don't think there was anything unusual about this tourney in that respect, outside of the fact my fantasy came true."