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Joe Sebok's Working Hard at Winery

Tags: barry greenstein, California, joe sebok, poker pro, stepfather, stepson, wine, winery.
Posted on 02 January 2013 by "T".

The American poker pro Joe Sebok, 35, has almost $2 million in live tournament earnings (no major title) and was well liked for several years when he was known more as Barry Greenstein's stepson than a poker pro.

It has been very quiet from Sebok in the past year or so and the question is if he ever will win a major tournament title - because, according to a recent interview, he spent last year at Vinify, a premium custom crush winery in Santa Rosa, California, where he worked really hard and lost almost 17 pounds during the last 3-month harvest.

"I did typical cellar rat stuff. Basically, I came up here and got my ass kicked. It's not like you can sit back and turn on autopilot in either case. These are challenging jobs." he told

Sebok plans to stick around the local wine scene for a while and he's now looking for a job in marketing or social media in the wine business. Sebok plans to explore the local card rooms but sees his future in something else.

"The game of poker is great and has been good to me over the years," he said "But at the end of the day, if you're not doing other stuff, all you are doing is counting money."


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7 comments on "Joe Sebok''s Working Hard at Winery "

 TartanBhoy02/01/2013 13:48:49 GMT
Yeah...its a real slog counting money Joe...Im hearing ya!!!
 Fakiry02/01/2013 14:55:39 GMT
Most people don't know California for it, but it has nice areas with the appropriate climate to vine cultures. Portugal has some distinguished areas in which the climate is perfect for some types of greys, and than the results prove that. Even what we call bad wine, sold at little local shops at the glass, is good wine, now you can imagine the really good one. We are talking about $200/bottle. Some don't get to be exported to to the lack of quantity, others go all to the same place/buyer, exactly due to the same reason. Let's see if he gets good wine too. It takes time to see that!
 pinku13502/01/2013 17:12:14 GMT
Good day Everyone Smile
A very happy new year Smile

Winery is one of the most booming and evergreen industry currently in the market . Wines are used in all sort of occassions and sort of a basic necissity nowadays , ... so joe has made a good investment as it is a very profitable business !! i did not know barry greenstein have a step son !!!

Good luck at the tables Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 Macubaas03/01/2013 13:07:29 GMT
I like the fact that he wants to do something else than poker, it's really important if you ask me!

As for the job that he opted it's really interesting, if you represent a good brand you can travel all over the world.
 RoninHarper03/01/2013 14:09:09 GMT
G'day mates
I think it is really cool that he like to work in a winery. I recently watched a movie called bottle shock which was about the first contest between the french wine snobs Smile and the Napa valley wines of California in which the winner was the California wine.
It is a really nice movie.

Be cool and luck to us all

 Greenmohave03/01/2013 22:28:14 GMT
That's quite the guy to go perform the physical duties and withstand the push that comes when it's harvest time in the vineyards.
I have a friend that has a small vinyard in Missouri and when it's harvest, processing and making win time for these people they become very serious and dedicated to their work. I mean everything is basically harvested by hand and carried to larger transportin units, but in a careful manner to prevent any damage or spoilage to the fruit.
So Joe probably sweat off some major poundage!
 Terroreffekt07/01/2013 06:54:02 GMT
Well, if he likes it as work. I would not do it because that can be quite a tough job NEN.
I would put on his next play poker: D

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