Barry Greenstein – The Quiet Storm –




Barry Greenstein is one of the quietest figures you will ever see at a World Poker Tour final table. He is also one of its most feared competitors. An accomplished cash game player, Barry won the Championship Event at the 2004 Jack Binion World Poker Open and has also captured a World Series of Poker bracelet in one of its toughest disciplines, Lowball. He is also noted for his huge heart; all of his tournament winnings are donated to select charities to assist those less fortunate around the world, earning him the nickname as the “Robin Hood of Poker”. I was able to speak with the tremendously private Barry and get his views on the game today and his part in it.


PN: You have a very low-key persona at the tables. How does this work to your advantage against other players?


BG: I don’t try to show other people up. I focus on trying to win the most money.


PN: Table selection is important for cash players. What do you look for when you are choosing a cash game? Are there particular players you are looking to go against or does the action primarily drive your choice?


BG: I look for bad players with a lot of money to lose. I am not afraid of anybody at the poker table, but some games are not worth my time.


PN: Do you focus in on one particular game or would you say you are an all-around player?


BG: I play whatever game is being played. We usually play eight different games, eight hands each in the big game.


PN: What got you into playing poker? Is it something from your childhood?


BG: I have always been good at games. I played various card games at home when I was a child. I played poker for money from the time I was twelve.


PN: You have played some excellent poker on the World Poker Tour. What are the main differences between tournament poker and cash games in general?


BG: I go into this in detail in my book that is due out in June 2005. There are many management decisions in a session and as an overall scheme that a tournament player doesn’t need to worry about. visitez le site


PN: Do you have a desire to capture more World Series of Poker bracelets? Or is it something that will come with time?


BG: I won a World Series of Poker bracelet in Deuce-to-Seven in 2004. Before 2003, I only played in the final event and at most two others. The last two years I played in more events and consequently had several top finishes.

The WSOP Main Event is another thing entirely. Of course, I would like to win it, but that is less likely each year as the number of entrants skyrocket.


PN: You quietly were in the chase for the 2004 CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year championship. Did you strive for that or was it just a fortunate extra to a great year?


BG: I didn’t work hard at it, but I wanted to have a shot going into the last event. Unfortunately, I didn’t give myself a chance to win it in the fashion Daniel Negreanu did. I tip my hat to him.


PN: You were the best Lowball player, according to CardPlayer. That is a game that is hard to find anymore, isn’t it?


BG: I played a lot of Lowball in California in the ’80s. It was the main game until Hold’em was legalized. I came in fifth at the World Series in limit lowball and fourth in Deuce-to-Seven no-limit in the ’90s. The WSOP limit lowball was moved to the Commerce Casino for a few years and I won the event (and the gold bracelet) the first year. By the way, I didn’t play in many tournaments before 2003 because I predominantly played side games. People didn’t consider me to be a good tournament player even though I finished at the final table in more than 30% of the events that I had played in, not counting the final event of the WSOP.



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Fixed Limit Hold`em Strategy-Handling Flush Draws at



Many people enjoy playing suited cards in Texas Holdem. This is because suited cards provide the best chance to make a flush. If the board does not contain a pair, a flush is the best possible poker hand you can make. This means if you hit your flush, you are likely to win the hand, and if you hit the nut (best possible) flush you are guaranteed to win on an unpaired board. How can you play these suited cards for maximum value? These are tips you can use in online poker games as well as when you’re playing live.


You usually will not flop your complete flush. For this to happen all the flop cards would have to be of the same suit. In fact, it is probably better for you if you don’t flop the complete flush. For one, you are unlikely to get a lot of action, as players without one of the suit on the board are unlikely to put any money in the pot, and two, if your flush is not the highest, there is a good chance that a player with the Ace or King of that suit will hang around and beat you when another card of the same suit comes.


Your best situation will be when two cards of your suit come. If you have a hand like Ace suited or King suited, you are in fantastic shape. Although flush draws play better multi-way, you can even afford to bet or raise with a hand like this, because even if your flush doesn’t come, you may still win if you pair your big card. However with a roughly four-to-one shot on both the turn and the river to hit your flush, it will come often enough that whatever bets you put in when you miss will be easily made up when you hit. With a smaller flush draw, it’s usually better to check and call and try to hit your flush as cheaply as possible. visitez le site


If you make a small flush, you should probably bet it. Even though you are likely to win the hand, this likelihood will decrease considerably if another card of the same suit comes. If you bet your small flush and are raised, you probably should just flat call. With a small flush you don’t want to lose a lot of bets to someone who has made a bigger flush.


Before the flop, you should only play suited cards if you can see the flop relatively cheaply and if you are in a later position. The exceptions are when your suited cards are also high cards, and in some cases when they are connectors, meaning they are consecutive, and have straight potential to go with their flush potential.


Even though it is terrific to hit a flush, you should not be in the habit of playing any two suited cards. Especially when you’re playing at an online poker site ( you will see a lot of people making this kind of mistake. You are dealt suited cards much more often than you will actually make a flush with them, and if you play too many low suited cards, the amount you lose when you make a flush and someone makes a higher one will really start to add up. If you play your suited cards selectively and judiciously however, you can make a great deal of money when these cards match the flop.





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