2008 World Series: Greenstein to HORSE final table. Again.
Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein's career poker record doesn't need too much repeating. He's won WSOP bracelets. He's won WPT events. He's won just about everything. There is barely a poker statistic of any importance that doesn't have Greenstein's name on it.
Well, here's a new one.
In the three-year history of the $50,000 HORSE event, Greenstein is the only person to cash every year. In year one, he nearly made the final table. In year two, he finished in seventh place. Now, he is headed into tomorrow's final table with the third-highest chip stack. The star-studded event will set up on the ESPN stage at 3pm PST. Here's how all eight players stack up.
Seat 1: Matt Glantz 1,445,000
Seat 2: Huck Seed 1,200,000
Seat 3: Patrick Bueno 695,000
Seat 4: Lyle Berman 1,430,000
Seat 5: Scotty Nguyen 3,535,000
Seat 6: Barry Greenstein 1,955,000
Seat 7: Michael DeMichele 905,000
Seat 8: Erick Lindgren 3,680,000
Greenstein's off-table demeanor following his finish tonight was barely one degree off from his stoic appearance all day long. His face betrayed precious little emotion as he signed some autographs and bagged his chips. It's all in a day's work for him.
Where many players at this point would be contemplating their final table strategy, it's second nature for Greenstein. In fact, as he readied himself to leave, the only thing he seemed unsure about was whether he would be able to make a TV interview at 2:30pm. It seemed curious that he might not be able to show up half an hour early. No, it wasn't that. Thing is, he might have other plans. The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha championship kicks off at noon.
Noting how long the PLO hands take, Greenstein said, "It's the best game to multi-table."
That's Barry Greenstein. He's near the top of the leaderboard in one of the most important poker tournaments in the world, and he very well may play two tables at once. With all due credit to the online pros who can play 20 tables, I don't think they have anything on Greenstein.
If Greenstein plays the PLO event, he will very likely see fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu there. Negreanu made a very good run for the final table in the HORSE event, but finished up just a little short. He finished in 13th place for $142,000.
Joining Greenstein and Negreanu in the money is PokerStars Supernova Elite Joseph "bigjoe2003" Michael. Michael bought into the $50,000 event with his PokerStars Frequent Player Points. Though he just missed the final table, he turned those FPPs into $142,000 for his 14th place finish.
Before his exit, Michael offered us these thoughts on the HORSE event.
Watch WSOP 08: Joseph Michael SuperNova Elite on PokerStars.tv
Here's a wrap-up of HORSE Day 4 from the PokerStars Video Blog Team
Watch WSOP 08: Horse Day 4 Update on PokerStars.tv
Greenstein may not be the only one we're watching at a final table on Sunday. At this hour, PokerStars-sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov is one of fifteen players remaining in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. More than 2,300 players entered, and Gerasimov is not wasting his opportunity to fight for the $700,000 first prize.
Coverage will resume here tomorrow with the $10,000 PLO event. See all today's coverage by clicking any of the links below.
Another wave floods into the Rio
Team out in force for $1,500
Gerasimov again among the leaders
The entertainment budget
The outer fringe of the Amazon
Greenstein, Negreanu control HORSE
From FPPs to $142K
RaiNKhaN doing what he does best
The Kiril System
Negreanu misses final table
From short-stack to contender
Photography © 2008, Joe Giron/IMPDI