WSOP Event #40: PokerStars' Barry Greenstein 9th for $82,746

wsop2009_thn.gifThe pay day will come as little compensation to Barry Greenstein. After three days juggling the extreme swings this game brings, he arrived at the final table of the WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha with high hopes of securing his fourth bracelet and, of course, the bumper $679,379 first prize.

He had an up-and-down day, at one stage securing a huge double up against Noah Schwartz to give him the chip lead when there were 15 left, before making it to the final nine just below average in chips.

After a delayed start for internet broadcast reasons, the final got off slowly, but then Vitaly Lunkin, who won the $40,000 No Limit event earlier in the Series, busted Greenstein. The Team PokerStars Pro had built a huge pot on the flop knowing he had enough outs to make him a favorite, but the Russian called with his two aces and dodged Greenstein's flush draw, as well as the straight draw outs that would have chopped the pot.

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Barry Greenstein


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Team PokerStars Holland Pro Lex Veldhuis was unable to win his second round $5,000 Shootout match, but collected $16,740 for his progress up to then. "I was just leaving the cashier when they said the $2,500 Razz event was starting, so I thought, 'Why not?'", and that's where he's sitting now, trying to make the worst hand possible.

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Lex Veldhuis