Barry Greenstein

The second-best thing in life

People know I'm not much of a whiner when I get knocked out of a tournament or take a bad beat in a given hand. I've always joked about how the last time I ever complained about losing was when I was 17 years old. I lost a pot and was griping afterwards. That's when an old road gambler said to ...more

by Barry Greenstein on January 22, 2014 7:40 AM

My trip to the Isle of Man

Not long ago I was able to go to the Isle of Man for the recent UKIPT event. While I was there, I had a chance to visit PokerStars' headquarters. It was a great trip, and I thought I'd share some impressions from it. Before getting to the Isle of Man I played EPT London, the WSOP Europe and the WP...more

by Barry Greenstein on December 2, 2013 7:36 AM

Bad traveler

As far as poker is concerned, you might say I haven't traveled well. I have played at least two European Poker Tour Main Events each of the last seven years, and I have never cashed a single time. Not once! This last EPT in London, I could have folded to a min-cash, but I bluffed off too many chips...more

by Barry Greenstein on October 23, 2013 5:00 AM

Post-Tournament Depression (PTD)

Now that the World Series of Poker has ended for the summer, I see a lot of players walking around like zombies with what I call PTD -- Post-Tournament Depression. When you talk to those affected by PTD, often they will tell you about how much money they left on the table or how if they hadn't been ...more

by Barry Greenstein on August 9, 2013 8:38 AM

Mobile online poker for the benefit of mankind

What games do the smartest people play? Bridge? Chess? Magic: The Gathering? Well, we can actually look at the question from a Darwinian point of view and more or less prove which game attracts the smartest people. It pretty much has to be poker, because, as Madonna sang to us many years ago,...more

by Barry Greenstein on June 24, 2013 7:12 AM

A call for a committee

We have good tournament directors around the world, but sometimes they and their partners make really bad decisions, and often the reason that they do is they aren't playing poker every day. What we need to have happen at all major events is to have a committee of players who can be called on to as...more

by Barry Greenstein on May 22, 2013 6:31 AM

Don't get cheated on the Open-Face Chinese app

Open-Face Chinese Poker has really taken off. For example, during previous years at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure we always had a $200/$400 or $400/$800 mixed game. But this year rather than a big mixed game, there were four tables of Open-Face Chinese Poker going. I've just started to play...more

by Barry Greenstein on February 15, 2013 5:51 AM

You can't live off dessert...

We are a little more than a month into the new year, and with the new year comes thoughts of how I'll be spending it in terms of my poker-playing. When I plan out my year in poker, there are certain things that are already marked off on the schedule. In January, for instance, I always know I'll ...more

by Barry Greenstein on February 7, 2013 6:44 AM

Traveling for the best games

One of the things that I haven't done recently as much as I should have is travel to play in good games. When I was younger and single, if there was a good poker situation I found out where it was and went there, because I was free to travel. I just hopped on a plane, had some contacts, and got in t...more

by Barry Greenstein on November 28, 2012 6:22 AM

Outplayed by a chess master, beat up by Ramdin, and still running well

I spent the last month playing poker pretty close to where I live in the Los Angeles area. First there was the month-long tournament at the Commerce and I can't remember doing much of anything in the tournaments. I played the Chinese Poker Tournament and came in third out of 30-some players. Then I ...more

by Barry Greenstein on March 14, 2011 1:39 PM
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