Father of six children
Studied Mathematics at the University of Illinois
Worked with developing Q&A software for Symantec
Author of poker book "Ace on the River"
Gives all tournament winnings to charity
|June 20, 2005||Mimi Tran, one of the better and most respected poker players. In return she taught him to speak Vietnamese. |
Barry wins big at professional poker, part of the motivation is contributing some of his winnings to various charities. He gives every dollar of his tournament poker profits to a variety of charitable organizations; particularly dear to his heart is Children, Inc. Some call him 'The Robin Hood of Poker.'
Barry's desire to do good for the world's poor wouldn't come to much if he couldn't produce at the table. As it happens, pros who know him tend to agree that he is a major talent. In the 2004 WSOP, Barry was at a final table, the game played was Deuce-to-Seven Lowball and it was telecast on ESPN. Heads-up play came against Chris "Jesus" Ferguson. Barry had a 3-to-1 chip lead over Chris, who had a better draw than Barry on the final hand, but who then got nailed with a king. Barry had the better low in this game where the 'worst' hand wins and thus he scooped that final hand. As competitive as Chris might be, here is what he said of that loss: 'Barry may very well be the top player in the world right now. All the top players respect Barry. I never like to lose, but if you are going to lose to anyone, who's better to lose to than Barry, since all the money is going to charity?'
Barry might have a low-key, almost shy demeanor, but is famously not shy about busting out another player. He went up against Randy 'Dream Crusher' Jensen in one episode of the World Poker Tour and, completely unfazed by Jensen's unnerving, loud-mouthed approach, he won.
Barry won Larry Flynt's $1 million one-table stud event at Hustler Casino in 2003. His World Poker Tour appearances include a first place at Jack Binion's World Poker Open of 2004 and fifth place in the 2004 Party Poker Million III. For his 2004 Deuce-to-Seven Draw play in the World Series of Poker, he won a bracelet. He was one of the professional players invited to play in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament.