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Barry Greenstein and WSOP Diss & Ignore WPN Players in The Series


With the World Series of Poker having concluded, we here at Professional Rakeback have taken the opportunity to catch up with people who attended and hear their interesting stories. One such incident involved Barry Greenstein appearing to give the tournament director of the Winning Poker Network the cold shoulder. Sites on the WPN include Americas Cardroom, BlackChip Poker, and True Poker.

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What Happened?

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Dan, the WPN TD, told us that he encountered Barry Greenstein while playing in event #35, a $1,500 tournament that combined three separate types of Omaha hi-lo poker: Pot Limit, Fixed Limit, and Big O. These games were played in rotations of seven hands apiece.

The field contained many big names – Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel, Marcel Luske, and Mike Sexton to name a few. It was therefore no surprise when Dan found himself seated opposite Greenstein on July 17 during the second day of play. Barry was his usual voluble self, chatting with the table and giving out strategy tips for Open Face Chinese poker.

Dan introduced himself as the tourney director of the Winning Network, and then Barry shot him a dirty look. Hardly a word was exchanged between the two of them after that although Dan did get the opportunity to speak with several other players who commented on how much they enjoyed the no-rathole tables at Americas Cardroom.

Possible Reasons for the Snub

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Barry Greenstein is one of the U.S.A.-based members of Team PokerStars, so he represents a direct competitor to Americas Cardroom and the rest of the Winning Poker Network. Perhaps his dismissal of Dan was a consequence of competitive rivalry between their two organizations?

There's another reason why Barry might be a bit standoffish when dealing with a representative of an offshore poker site. You see, PokerStars doesn't allow U.S. residents to play for real money (except in the State of New Jersey). This includes Greenstein himself and the other members of Team PokerStars. In order to fulfill his contractual obligations, Barry has been heading to the PokerStars play chip games. Meanwhile, fellow countrymen have the opportunity to play for real money at Americas Cardroom and other international online poker rooms.

Americas Cardroom has been shoeing in on PokerStars' territory recently. While the Isle of Man-registered company used to be the undisputed king among internet poker sites, it has been slipping in recent years ever since its acquisition by Amaya Gaming in 2014. Traffic has dropped quite a bit since its heyday while at the same time, player volume at the Winning Poker Network has skyrocketed.

The WPN's Million Dollar Sundays, which run several times per year, are a direct response to the PokerStars Sunday Million, and in a few instances, the MDS has actually surpassed the Sunday Million in total prize pool. The Elite Benefits rewards program at Americas Cardroom was inspired by the old PokerStars VIP Club, which was beloved by the player community. However, PokerStars has since abandoned this rewards system in favor of an ill-conceived Chests arrangement that has cut, by more than half, the value returned back to loyal players.

Could it be that Barry Greenstein was envious of Dan and his association with an up-and-coming poker operator that's happy to accept American players? Is Barry frustrated by his inability, as a U.S.A. resident, to play for real chips at the site that pays him sponsorship money?


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The tournament table eventually broke, as was to be expected, and all the players went their separate ways from there. Barry Greenstein ended up placing 53rd out of the 773 entrants, picking up a prize of $3,256. Dan, meanwhile, outlasted his rival, scoring a $6,414 prize for his 22nd place finish. Is this a portent of a possible future leap by the Winning Poker Network ahead of PokerStars?

There was something that struck us as odd about the reporting of this tournament. There was no mention in the official updates on the WSOP site of Dan's elimination from the tournament. Yet, all other eliminations from 25th place onward were described on the website. We suspect that the WSOP's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, is attempting to avoid mention of offshore poker companies. Caesars is active in the regulated online poker scene in New Jersey and Nevada, and its platform shares traffic also with the three licensed Delaware internet poker destinations. It's possible that there's a directive from on high to limit media coverage of people and brands related to the non-U.S. licensed online gaming industry.

Check Out Americas Cardroom

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You can play online today at the network that Dan works for by signing up with Americas Cardroom. If the prospect of a site that's glad to accept Americans and has player volume much greater than anything found in the state-licensed online poker markets appeals to you, then there's no reason to wait. It's possible to get a $10 no deposit bankroll through the use of our exclusive PRB10FREE ACR bonus code. Then, you'll receive a 100% up to $1,000 bonus upon making your initial deposit, and you'll also get $50 free to play whatever games you please. Browse over to our Americas Cardroom review for further information. Other reputable rooms on the same network are: Blackchip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker (non-US).

From any of these sites, you can access the full panoply of games that the network offers: cash games, sit n' gos, and MTTs. There's an OSS Cub3d series starting Aug. 5 that promises to distribute no less than $10 million in guaranteed prizes.

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