On November 9, 2013, poker legend, Barry Greenstein, visited Flop Turn River to answer questions from his fans in an Ask Me Anything session. Greenstein’s AMA surpassed everyone’s expectations and produced a thread full of candid, insightful answers from Greenstein. At the end of the event, one lucky guest known by the forum name, “agnesamurphy,” enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play against Barry in an Open Face Chinese Poker match that lasted for 28 entertaining and educational rounds!


Besides his outstanding poker accomplishments, which include numerous WSOP and WPT titles and a Hall of Fame induction two years ago, Barry is known for his philanthropy and is often referred to as, “The Robin Hood of Poker.” Greenstein is also recognized as the author of one of the definitive books written about poker, “Ace on the River.”


With Greenstein’s experience in so many facets of life and poker, Flop Turn River’s forum users asked questions about a broad range of topics, including the increasingly popular poker variant, Open Face Chinese Poker. In response to the questions his fans asked, Greenstein shared some formerly unheard of facts about his playing experiences as well as insights into his poker philosophy, charity work, personal beliefs and tastes, views on the future of poker and his own place in it, and much, much more!


Barry’s answers were sincere, thoughtful and, at times, hysterical! You can find an example of some of his responses below. If you’d like to read the full transcript of Greenstein’s AMA, please use the following link:


Reader HeyYou:What do you think about Ryan Riess declaring that he is the best poker player in the world after he won the Main on Tuesday night?

BG: It was amusing since he can’t even know what that means. No one is the best at all forms of poker and even upon winning the biggest NLHE tournament of the year, he can get plenty of cross booking action if he wants to put his money where his mouth is. In the gambling world, it’s put up or shut up. On the other hand, I don’t blame him for feeling like he was the best in this tournament. Winning the WSOP main event is the most exhilarating experience possible in the poker world. After a little more experience he’ll see you don’t usually run well enough to even have a chance to win a 1000+ person event no matter how well you play.

Reader Rickpoker: What made you want to write a book? Any special event in your life or was it something that already was on your mind for a long time?

BG: We all have a book inside us. I had the time and money to be able to write mine.


Read the whole of this high quality interview at