There are many ways to define a poker champion. You can look at the number of tournaments he has won. You can look at the amount of money he has earned in his career. You can look at the number of World Series of Poker bracelets he has to his credit. Under any of these definitions, Barry Greenstein fits the definition.
With that in mind, Greenstein has joined the ranks of Team PokerStars, home of the last three World Series of Poker champions.
“Since the last three winners of the WSOP main event are on the Pokerstars team, and I plan to win it, I decided to show ultimate confidence in myself and join Pokerstars ahead of time,” Greenstein said.
Since he started playing poker for a living, Greenstein has won untold millions playing in cash games and tournaments. The one-time software designer realized many years ago that he could make more money playing cards than he could in the software industry. After leaving software company Symantec, Greenstein rose through the poker world to become one of its most well-known players.
Greenstein is among the top money-winners on the World Poker Tour circuit. With more than 11 cashes, four final tables, and two first place finishes on the WPT circuit, Greenstein has won more than $1.7 million. Greenstein’s two first place titles came at the 2005 World Poker Open in Tunica, MS and at the 2006 WPT Invitational.
His winnings extend beyond the World Poker Tour. Greenstein has won two World Series of Poker event bracelets and has cashed in more than 20 WSOP events. What’s more, Greenstein is a top cash game player and plays in the biggest side games anywhere in the world.
With all of the money Greenstein has earned in his career, one could be justified in wondering what the poker player does with all his money. The answer is simple enough: he gives a lot of it away.
Known as the “Robin Hood” of poker, Greenstein has developed a much-deserved reputation as one of poker’s most prolific philanthropists. While he still makes a good living playing in cash games, Greenstein makes it a habit to donate 100% of his net tournament winnings to a variety of charities. The biggest beneficiary of Greenstein’s giving has been Children Incorporated, an charity that provides for more than 15,000 children in underserved countries all over the world.
Greenstein is also the author of the celebrated book “Ace on the River.” If you are fortunate enough to knock Greenstein out of a live poker tournament, there is a good chance he’ll sign one of his books for you on the spot.