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WSOP: Barry Greenstein Wins Event No. 26

Greenstein Wins Marathon Razz Final Table


Barry GreensteinFollowing in much the same tradition of events prior, another pro gets another bracelet in 2008, and this time it’s Barry Greenstein. Joining the likes of Mike Matusow, Daniel Negreanu and Max Pescatori, Barry Greenstein is the newest multi-bracelet winner of the year, and now all Greenstein needs is a third wrist to wear it on. Greenstein regularly plays in the biggest games on the planet and often times with great success. He considers himself a multi-game specialist and has once again proved it to the world here tonight.

Greenstein came to this final table second in chips and remained pretty low on the radar until play got down to the final three. Greenstein took the chip lead from Christopher Viox (3rd) for the first time and never gave it up, slowly putting more and more distance between himself and his opponents until the betting limits and his suffocating chip lead ultimately proved too great to overcome.

Here are the chip counts heading into the final table:

Seat 1: Christopher Viox: 350,000
Seat 2: Joseph Michael: 155,000
Seat 3: Archie Karas: 113,000
Seat 4: Brandon Leeds: 206,500
Seat 5: Chris Klodnicki: 105,000
Seat 6: Mike Wattel: 74,000
Seat 7: Mark Tenner: 108,500
Seat 8: Barry Greenstein: 243,000

Here are highlights from all of the action, as featured in’s live coverage of the final table:

Mike WattelMike Wattel Eliminated in 8th Place ($16,386)

Mike Wattel was all in in a three-way pot with Barry Greenstein and Chris Viox.

Wattel: 4-6-A-4 - X-X-X
Greenstein: 6-7-9-8 - X-X-X
Viox: 10-4-3-K - A-2-5

Apparently there was some controversy over Wattel closing his cards on seventh street, signifying that his hand was weak. This upset Greenstein, giving Viox information as to the relative strength of his hand, and eventually Greenstein made the call. Viox turned over the wheel and raked the pot, eliminating Mike Wattel in 8th place ($16,386).

Archie Karas Eliminated in 7th Place ($19,607)

Barry Greenstein brought it in with the high card for 2,000 and Archie Karas completed the bet to 8,000. Brandon Leeds reraised to 16,000 and Karas called all in for 3,000 more. "The Greek" ended up making an eight-low on seventh street while Leeds went on to make a six-low. Leeds raked the pot and Archie Karas was eliminated in 7th place ($19,607).

Chris Klodnicki Doubles Through Joseph Michael

Short stack Chris Klodnicki got the rest of his chips in the pot on fifth street against Joseph Michael.

Klodnicki: K-3-2-4 - A-9-4
Michael: 2-J-4-Q - 10-7-X

Klodnicki made a nine-low on the river while Michael bricked. Klodnicki went from the short stack to over 150,000 chips that hand.

Joseph Michael Eliminated in 6th place ($25,831)Joseph Michael

Mark Tenner completed the bet with a 4 and Chris Viox called the raise with a 7. Joseph Michael reraised with a 7, Tenner folded and Viox made it three bets to go. Michael came back over the top and reraised all in for a total of 35,000. Michael went on to make a 9-7-6-4-3 low while Viox made an 8-7-6-4-A on seventh street. Chris Viox raked the pot, regaining the chip lead once again while Joseph Michael was eliminated in 6th place ($25,831).

Brandon LeedsBrandon Leeds Eliminated in 5th place ($33,301)

The now short stacked Brandon Leeds moved all in on fourth street with an A-2 on board against the chip leader, Chris Viox who was showing A-6. Viox went on to make a 6-5-4-2-A on the river while the best Leeds could do was make an 8-6-4-3-A low. Chris Viox adds even more chips to his growing stack while Brandon Leeds has to settle for 5th place and $33,301.

Mark Tenner Eliminated in 4th place ($43,571)

With Chris Viox crippling Mark Tenner a few hands prior, it was Chris Klodnicki that delivered the final death blow when Mark Tenner got it all in on fifth street. This one came down to the river, Tenner hitting a jack to compliment his 7-6-2-A low. Klodnicki finished the hand with 7-6-4-3-2 low, good enough to rake the pot and send Mark Tenner home in 4th place ($43,571).

Barry Greenstein Takes the Chip Lead

|Barry Greenstein won two key pots uncontested this round, one off of Chris Viox and the other off of Chris Klodnicki. Never missing a bet, Greenstein just kept firing at the pot, getting each opponent to close their cards on the river. A few hands later and Greenstein officially took control of the chip lead after trumping Viox's 9-4-3-2-A with an 8-7-5-4-3 low. This hand put Greenstein over 650,000 in chips.

Christopher Viox Eliminated in 3rd Place ($59,132)Chris Viox

Christopher Viox was all in on fifth street against Christopher Klodnikci and the players turned up their cards.

Viox: 7-4-6-K-2-A-X
Klodnicki: 9-4-2-Q-3-5

Viox had formidable lead heading to sixth street where Viox hit an ace against Klodnicki's 5. With a 5 on sixth street, Klodnicki needed an ace or a 6 to win. Klodnikci hit his ace, trumping Viox's 7-6 with the wheel. Klodnicki finally eliminated Chris Viox in 3rd place ($59,132).

And Then There Were Two...

With Chris Viox finally out of their way, Barry Greenstein (985,000) and Chris Klodnicki (380,000) begin heads-up play.

Chris KlodnickiBarry Greenstein Wins Third Bracelet in Event No. 26 ($158,659)

After a grueling battle of heads-up play between Barry Greenstein and Chris Klodnicki, Greenstein eventually emerged victorious. Terminally short stacked, Chris Klodnicki raised all in on third street with a 3 in the door. Greenstein called with an ace and they both turned over their cards.

Klodnicki: A-K-3-K-8-6-3
Greenstein: 4-9-A-J-4-9-7

Barry Greenstein made a J-9-4-7-A on seventh street while Chris Klodnicki ended up with two pair making K-8-6-3-A. Barry Greenstein wins his third WSOP bracelet and the $158,569 grand prize while Chris Klodnicki has to settle for second place and $98,034.

As soon as Greenstein pocketed his bracelet, he double-timed it over to the $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship event where he had a stack waiting for him. Greenstein barely pocketed his third WSOP bracelet before he was off trying to win his fourth.