Barry Greenstein: From Poker's Robin Hood to Playmoney King.

Most players who first encounter online poker begin at the Play Money Table before being launched from the real

But poker icon Barry Greenstein, who once threw a nearly 1-meter coin from a high-steak poker, went the other way.

Greenstein has switched to Don Forker to fulfill his contract obligations with Pokerstars, without still using legitimate online poker in California.

Meanwhile, he inadvertently became one of the biggest winners in the high value-added competition.

How did the former "Poker's Robin Hood" adjust from earning millions to playing for pride? We caught up with him at the PCA in 2016.

Barry Greenstein: Poker's Robin Hood
Poker List: Why are you making a lot of money?

Barry Greenstein
Because you like to play games? Not necessarily.
Barry Greenstein: I don't know if you want to tell me the truth, but maybe because I can't help myself. You know I live in America, so I can't play poker online with real money.

So Pokerstas asked to play at least three to five hours a week. You'll be surprised how seriously people play money games. They may not be as good as the Sylvie players, but they are excellent as they are.

One difference is that you can often check the nuts in the river and the players are overly bluffing to you, which is what they do even in small gambling.

So, I started playing in the Game Money Tournament, and if you wanted to buy that much money, I played a one-meter by-line game, which is roughly $5.

I also started Sunday Billion, a play money equivalent to Sunday Million, which is about 800 to 900 players. And I won once before you knew it, and again just a few weeks later.

There was an article in the poker media saying I took the money to play too seriously. In fact, I didn't want to play the money game, so I needed something to fill up the 3-5 hours that poker star wanted.

My motive for taking it seriously was simply to last long enough. It was neither altruistic, nor my great discipline, nor lazier.

But if you can hold out long enough in the tournament, you want to reach the final table. And in a relatively short time I had two wins and two seconds.

Chris Moneymaker
Play-the enemy of money #1.
If I did this on Sunday for $1 million, I would probably be recognized as one of the best online players ever.

If you're competitive you want to win, and I'm honestly still upset that I came in second one or two times.

Then I took part in a $100 million buying tournament and in the end it went in my favor with Chris Moneymaker and me.

He was doing better than I was, but it was finally the toss I won.

I have outstripped him in this dictionary preparation, but the important thing is, having a better hand in poker, especially in the last hand, no matter what they say.

PL: It's interesting that moneymakers also participate in these events.

Barry Greenstein
"The poker player who lives online is much better."
BG: I think he does that for the same reason as living in the United States.

I have to go to Mexico or Canada to make real money, but I have no reason to go because I can live in a club in Los Angeles.

Also, I don't have much motivation to go because I was an online losing player overall.

It's different for many young players because it's how they make a living, but there's no doubt I'm a poker player who lives far better than online.

PL: Has your opinion of Play Money poker changed since you started playing?

BG: No, I don't think so. The only thing is that people enjoy it as much as people who make money. But if a million dollars comes back to the U.S. on Sunday, I'll play the game again.

I can generally say that the more money you earn, the better your players will be, as in real money poker.

The biggest difference between the two is that Playmoney players are nicer to each other.

They can sometimes say, 'How can you play so bad?' by calling each other's names when they faint.

So they are sometimes angry, but they are mostly kind to each other and just having fun.

PL: Is the Play Money Player better than you think?

BG: Yes. The advantage for me is that it keeps my game fresh.

Barrie Greenstein I
Ready to return $1 million on Sunday.
I can't do no limit live. Because it's not a game I play in a casino. But having this big online tournament every week makes me think about my hands the same way I think about my hands with real money.

It really doesn't hurt. And looking back on my career, No-Limit Hold'em should have been one of my best games.