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Pokers Robin Hood Says Tournament Travel Also Takes Its Toll
Some may view the jetsetter lifestyle of a professional poker player as ideal and envious, but for Barry Greenstein, its not all that its made out to be.
For Greenstein, one of the highest ranked poker pros in the world, traveling around the world for poker tournaments has its pitfalls. Being one of the legends of the game and with the surge in poker's popularity in recent years, his travel has also greatly increased.
Barry is away for half of the year from his home, and while being in different places may have its appeal, he says that he would like to have the opportunity to actually enjoy them.
"You play in the tournament, get knocked out and fly back home," he said. "You feel like you missed out on an opportunity."
Greenstein is known in the poker world as the "Robin Hood of Poker", for giving away almost all of his winnings to charity. His charity of choice is Children Incorporated, which helps needy children in the US and in 24 other countries.
Greenstein, in light of the time spent away from his own children, dedicates his 2005 book "Ace on the River" to his boys and girls ages 17 to 31. The book is his way of apologizing to his kids for when he failed them as a parent.