Barry Greenstein

PCA Stories That Won't be in the Brochure

This is the time of year when a PokerStars rep emails me and asks me to provide memories from previous PokerStars Caribbean Adventures. Of course, what they really mean is they want me to provide something positive to put in their brochure or up on the wall at the Atlantis, the kind of thing that wi...more

by Barry Greenstein on December 30, 2014 8:50 AM

The Ebola Poker Scare

Recently, I was playing poker at the Commerce Casino and heard a player tell a dealer he would send her to Africa so she can get Ebola. Without skipping a beat, she replied, "When I come back, I'll give you a big wet kiss!" When I tweeted that story, it was supposed to be humorous, but someone repli...more

by Barry Greenstein on December 18, 2014 7:31 AM

One hand, two directions

I recently read an interview with Antonio Esfandiari where he mentioned the $600,000 pot we played in season seven of High Stakes Poker. He had 7♥8♥, I had pocket fours, and the flop came T♣6♥4♥. We got all the money in, me with a set and Antonio with a double gutter and a straight flush d...more

by Barry Greenstein on October 28, 2014 8:10 AM

Time to practice poker

People often ask me how they can learn other forms of poker besides hold'em. Most of the time, their first excuse for not learning other games is that they're too busy playing hold'em. Typically, if a player is making money playing hold'em, they're going to keep playing hold'em. It's hard for them t...more

by Barry Greenstein on September 17, 2014 7:34 AM

Opinion: The Bad Actor Clause

Editor's note: The following article by Barry Greenstein and the sentiments that follow represent only Greenstein's opinion and not necessarily that of PokerStars or Team PokerStars.The Bad Actor Clause is a provision written into the legislation in several states that are considering the legalizati...more

by Barry Greenstein on July 24, 2014 7:33 AM

Two thoughts on tournaments

I have only played about five tournaments this year, most notably the PCA Main Event, The Aussie Millions Main Event, the WPT Main Events at the Commerce Casino and Bay 101, and the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event. I didn't cash in any of those events and although there have been several other major tour...more

by Barry Greenstein on May 21, 2014 8:06 AM

My golf career

By the time I was 18, I knew my profession was going to be in one of my four areas of expertise: mathematics, computer science, poker, or golf. Of those, golf was the one I was most passionate about. The early yearsI took up golfing when I was 12 years old after getting my first job as a caddy. B...more

by Barry Greenstein on March 18, 2014 7:38 AM

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 me...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 WPT ...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 n...more

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