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Barry Greenstein shines at Stars of Poker
What do you get when nine of the best poker players in the world sit down at the same table to play a $10,000 sit-and-go? The first Stars of Poker, of course.
The event, which was organized by PokerStars at the EPT4 Grand Final, featured a number of Team PokerStars pros including Daniel Negreanu, Katja Thater, Dario Minieri, John Duthie, Vicky Coren, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Noah Boeken, Barry Greenstein and one PokerStars Supernova Elite Joe "bigjoe2003" Michael, who won a Supernova Elite satellite into the event.
The event, which was by invitation only, took place over the course of seven hours and with $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, no one wanted to go out first. That dubious honor would surprisingly go to "Kid Poker" Negreanu. The Canadian pro was knocked out by EPT creator John Duthie in one of those set-over-set debacles you always hear about.
Negreanu quickly had some company on the rail in the form of Noeh Boeken and Dario Minieri, who finished eighth and seventh respectively.
Coren finished sixth but got one heck of a bad beat story out of the experience. Coren went out when she got A-K against A-K and her opponent hit a flush.
Michael did well to survive that long against the sheer number of talented poker pros but eventually went out fifth when he ran JJ into AA.
French pro Grospellier didn't last much longer than Michael and ended up going out in fourth when his A-K failed him against A-J. ElkY was the unfortunate bubble boy and all three remaining players were in the money.
It was clear that Katja Thater was gunning for first place but after a long, hard-fought battle she eventually went out on a blind steal that went awry. She earned $20,000 as a consolation prize for finishing third.
The heads-up battle saw Duthie and Greenstein feeling each other out for the first bit but eventually Greenstein managed a pivotal double-up. In the final hand Duthie got all-in with 9♥ 8♥ versus Greenstein's A♠ K♠. The big slick prevailed and Duthie had to settle for third and $30,000.
Meanwhile Greenstein took home a stunning $50,000 for seven hours of work. It's very likely Greenstein's been killing the cash games lately but his last big score came in October at the WPT North American Championships, where he won $316,638 for coming in fourth.