Barry Greenstein, also known as the Robin Hood of poker, finds himself in third place in the overall standings for the 2008 WSOP Player of the Year, just 20 points behind Erick Lindgren for the title.
Greenstein is also playing at the highest level in the World Series this year. After winning Event No. 26, a $1,500 buy-in razz event three days ago, Greenstein now finds himself again near the top of the leader board sitting in fourth in the $10,000 buy in Stud Hi/Lo event.
Greenstein also already finished third in the 2-7 Draw event, which featured a final table with some of the best players in the world including Lindgren, Tony G, Jeff Lisandro, and eventual winner Mike Matusow.
With the 50k buy in HORSE Championship coming up in a little over a week, it's tough to argue that Greenstein is not the favorite, having finished 12th in 2006 and seventh in last year's HORSE tournaments.
Winning this event would almost assure Greenstein the WSOP player of the year title, and would make for his second bracelet in this year's WSOP.
With the prize pool of the 2007 50K HORSE tournament being over $7 million and the number of participants increasing for the event, there is no reason to doubt a first-place prize of over $2 million.
So with Greenstein donating most of his tournament winnings to children's charities, there is no way that anyone could be against him on his way to the title.
Greenstein is a class act and deserves all of the luck that comes his way in the future. If Barry is to take the title, the image of the poker player could get a little bit more positive, as there are still many people out there that see the game as evil and its players to be greedy, grimy people.
So, best of luck to you, Barry.