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29

Barry Greenstein: "sometimes finding the best game means traveling"

Tags: atlantic city, barry greenstein, girlfriend, las vegas, los angeles, philadelphia, poker, travel.
Posted on 29 November 2012 by "T".

On Wednesday, Barry "the Robin Hood of poker" Greenstein posted a blog on traveling to find the best games in poker. Barry wrote that he hasn't been traveling much as of late and as a result of that he has missed out on many good games.

"One of the things that I haven't done recently as much as I should have is travel to play in good games. When I was younger and single, if there was a good poker situation I found out where it was and went there, because I was free to travel. I just hopped on a plane, had some contacts, and got in the game.

The last few years I've played primarily in LA and Vegas. As a result I missed the boat on some good games in other places. What a lot of people don't know is that big games don't usually start overnight. They build over time. The winners of smaller games get more money and start playing bigger, especially if there are amateur players who can buy in bigger."

Barry's last poker trip was in October. Then he traveled between Atlantic City and Philadelphia for weeks just to find the most profitable games to play in. Eventually his girlfriend (the lady wearing a black cap in the photo), who had asked him to come back home several times, joined him for some poker.

"I stayed in Atlantic City for a few weeks, moving between AC and Philly with the games. After a while, my girlfriend and my daughter were asking me to come home. I kept saying, "As soon as Commerce starts having mixed games, I'll come home." I would check with Commerce almost every day but they never had any mixed games going. I figured I had to work. That's my job. The games were best on the east coast, so I stayed and played.

Eventually my girlfriend joined me in Atlantic City. She hasn't played that much poker since Black Friday because she used to play mainly on PokerStars. Once she hopped into the East Coast mixed games, she said "Wow. Why didn't you tell me poker's like this here?"

That's the reality of playing poker for a living. While it's great to have good live games close to your home (and even better to be able to play online), sometimes finding the best game means traveling."

 


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8 comments for "Barry Greenstein: "sometimes finding the best game means traveling""

 pochui29/11/2012 10:28:29 GMT
simple but true- if you are a shark you must always look out for the fish, if there is not enough fish to feed from where you are swimming- it's time to change the territory. barry is a shrewd customer- he knows at which games he has the biggest edge, and is always looking for softest competition possible in those games
 Macubaas29/11/2012 10:37:48 GMT
Of course that Barry is right and frankly this is the main reasons why poker pros travel to exotic destination: to have bigger profits!

From what i know already Barry and Ivey were to Macau to play the high stakes cash games.
 RoninHarper29/11/2012 18:28:32 GMT
well i must say he is right about that one. i to have traveled in the past to go play in what I knew was going to be a soft game. I did a $100 buy in like everyone else and I walked away about 5 hours later with over $2000 for my trouble.

The problem was I fleeced the sheep to hard and was not allowed to go back and play in the weekly game again. I was to greedy and should have know better but I really needed to cash at the time and lacked the patience to tone my skills down.
That 1st big night win of 2K has cost me thousands of dollars over the last decade Sad
learn from my mistake mates.

Ronin Harper
 GoTrixo29/11/2012 19:15:18 GMT
i think every poker pro does that, the problem when they play regularly at some places is that people know them and know their playstyle. if i would eventually become a known poker player, im not sure if i would want to be known, because then it would be much harder to compete for me. But on the other side it could eventually push me up to higher limits, and on the end it could be better for my game. Well anyway this are all speculations, because i clearly dont know what its like in high stakes poker, all i know is from episodes, and amateur tourneys i sometimes participate in Smile
 Greenmohave30/11/2012 01:35:24 GMT
Guess he's referring to every U.S. citizen that would like to play poker since we sure's the fudge can't play on-line sitting in the comforts of our own homes anymore. I mean what the hey, we pay our taxes and yet this country because they can't get there greedy hands on poker winnings via on-line playing they just shutdown any options for us to withdraw money. Jokers running this country!
 GoTrixo30/11/2012 02:02:50 GMT
Posted by Greenmohave:
Guess he's referring to every U.S. citizen that would like to play poker since we sure's the fudge can't play on-line sitting in the comforts of our own homes anymore. I mean what the hey, we pay our taxes and yet this country because they can't get there greedy hands on poker winnings via on-line playing they just shutdown any options for us to withdraw money. Jokers running this country!


u nailed it there.. but don't worry those stupid politicians will gonna try to promote asap such jokes in Europe sooner or later too.
 Impak00730/11/2012 14:56:52 GMT
that i call taft poker player. girlfriend says" hey honey, come back home , me and your dauther miss you hard. and his reaction is like"i got some poker to do"
 Fakiry01/12/2012 16:16:53 GMT
That's totally true. For a winning poker player, who makes life out of the game, travel is a "must do" on the life. At first, he will have to go from casino to casino in his local area, but there will be a time in which he will have to go for other countries so he can go after the action, he have to be where the biggest tourneys are. Sometimes, it's good to chose the comparison between bigger prize tourneys and less big competitors, to turn things easier, but that will always mean to travel, a lot!

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