PokerCast Episode 211 - Matt Marafioti, David Schwartz of UNLV & Barry G
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - This week on the Two Plus Two PokerCast Mike and Adam start things off with the continuing Daniel vs. Doyle blog battle and a questionable blog entry by the godfather of poker blaming Phil Ivey for the collapse of Full Tilt. The guys connect with poker pro and friend of the show Barry Greenstein to get his take on Doyle's latest entry. The feature guest this week on the PokerCast is high-stakes poker pro Matt "ADZ124" Marafioti. Matt joins Mike and Adam on the program to talk about his roller coaster beginning in the poker world, his live tournament success and his reality television venture. The guys also connect with David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV to discuss the hot topic of casino markers and how they effect both the casino and players. In forum static the guys cover a variety of topics including the Academy Awards, some high stakes online cash game action and of course give away the password for the March 4th 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