PokerCast Episode 149 - Macau High Stakes Coverage with Barry Greenstein & Matt Savage
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The feature guest this week on the Two Plus Two PokerCast is Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein. Barry joins Mike and Adam on the program to talk about the ultra high stakes cash game action that recently took place in Macau and provides some insight into these private high stakes poker games. The guys also connect with tournament director Matt Savage who was in China to witness some of these nose bleed cash games and get his thoughts on the action. Deuces Cracked coach 'sthief09' provides some more great poker strategy about 'Looking Left' in this weeks Leggo Poker/Deuces Cracked strategy segment. The guys also discuss forum static including providing an update on former WSOP champ Peter Eastgates decision to auction off his 2008 Main Event bracelet for charity, Phil Hellmuth and his relationship with UB and of course give away the passwords for the November 28th Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for PokerCast listeners. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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Barry Greenstein is a professional poker from Chicago Illinois. Born December 30, 1954, Barry attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completing a degree in computer science. He began a PhD in mathematics but left before defending his thesis. Greenstein took a job at Symantec in its startup phase and retired at age 36 to focus on professional poker.
Career highlights for Greenstein include 3 WSOP bracelets, 44 WSOP cashes, 2 WPT titles, and 5 WPT cashes. His tournament earnings top $7 million. Greenstein’s tournament success comes with an inspiring footnote – Barry donates his tournament profits to charity.
In addition to being known as a formidable cash game player, Barry has made appearances on nearly every popular televised poker program including High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark, and numerous WPT events.
In 2005, Barry authored Ace on the River, his part biography; part poker book. He’s known for giving away an autographed copy to anyone who eliminates him from a tournament, which he inscribed with the details of the elimination hand inside the front cover.
Greenstein is a member of Team Pokerstars Pro and plays under the name “barryg1”, which is also his handle on 2+2. Learn more about Barry Greenstein
In addition to being poker’s most sought-after tournament director, Matt Savage is the resident tournament director at the Commerce Casino in LA. With a resume that boasts over 400 televised poker events and a reputation for excellence, Savage’s tournaments are endorsed by professionals and amateurs the world over. He officiated the World Series of Poker from 2002 to 2004 and has recently accepted the position of Executive Tour Director of the World Poker Tour.
Matt co-founded the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) where he worked to standardize tournament rules the world over. His website is SavageTournaments.com. Learn more about Matt Savage