Barry Greenstein on PokerStars: It’s gotten worse
By Bob Garcia
Barry Greenstein was recently invited to sit down with Joe Ingram for an episode of Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner took the show’s name to heart, sharing his thoughts on both poker and life, and including a nice tidbit on his opinion of PokerStars, which he has represented for virtually his entire poker career. As a lot of players might agree with, his comments weren’t exactly flattering.
The four-hour interview was full of Greenstein’s advice and story-telling, going into great detail of the game he has enjoyed for more than 36 years. He discussed players such as Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan and Ted Forrest and shared wisdom accumulated during his fifty years as a husband, father and gambler. He gave a few tips for those looking to get into the game, suggesting that they start with small tournaments with a buy-in of $1,000 or $1,500 to test the waters. It was his view of PokerStars, however, that really stood out.
Greenstein has long been an ambassador of PokerStars. He doesn’t make much money in the role these days, but that could change if online poker is given the okay in the US. However, despite his position, he didn’t mince words when asked about his thoughts on the site. When Ingram asked the $7-million winner what he thought of PokerStars for players, he responded by succinctly saying, "Yes, it has gotten worse from a poker player’s interest."