Sam Greenwood, Crushing Poker for Years Now

Sam Greenwood, Crushing Poker for Years Now

Sam Greenwood tournament wins

Sam Greenwood took down the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $1,775,460 last week. Before that, he cashed in the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship (receiving $69,100 for his 49th-place finish) and today he cashed in the $10,300 Main Event (73rd, $20,980). He just jumped straight into the PCA $25,000 High Roller to try and see if he can claim his fourth cash in the Bahamas this year.

Greenwood has been a staple on the tournament circuit for some years now, booking results all over the globe. Time for a quick review.

Greenwood’s first live cash, according to his Hendonmob profile, came in 2008 when he finished eight in the C$10,300 North American Poker Championship for C$87,490 ($77,447).

While his first cash was in a C$10,000 event where he made the final table, he wouldn’t cash at all in 2009. With modest cashes in 2010 through 2012, he did well in 2013. 2014 was a year he didn’t cash as much, but in 2015, things really took off. Here’s an overview of his live results per year:

Year Poker Earnings Live Year Poker Earnings Live
2008 $77,447 2014 $92,094
2009 $0 2015 $2,040,020
2010 $24,230 2016 $2,029,026
2011 $13,342 2017 $2,457,584
2012 $63,350 2018 $5,747,463
2013 $212,412 2019 $1,844,560
    Total $14,601,527

The first time Greenwood made a headline on PokerNews was when he lead the PCA $100,000 High Roller back in January of 2015. Greenwood would end up finishing sixth for $396,920; Steve O’Dwyer won it for $1,872,580.

The first video interview we did with Sam was also in 2015 when Sarah Herring discovered him to be somewhat of a movie buff. (Sam’s not-so-frequently-updated movie blog can be found here).


While playing, and making the final table of a $100,000 Super High Roller in the Bahamas should tell you enough about Sam’s poker prowess back in 2015, he didn’t get onto the radar of the casual poker fan until he won a bracelet at the WSOP that year, beating a field of 1,915 in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He took home $318,977 and the bracelet, finally catching up with his brother Max Greenwood who won a bracelet in 2008.

Sam in 2015: "I’ve made some money with poker and I’m just looking for opportunities to invest it. I’m an entrepreneur."

While Greenwood was playing high rollers already at the time, he didn’t call himself a poker professional when he won WSOP gold. "I’m a poker enthusiast," he told PokerNews after his bracelet win; "I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve made some money with poker and I’m just looking for opportunities to invest it. I’m an entrepreneur."

From that moment on, though, Greenwood showed up at more and more events, raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars left and right. Later joined by his brother Luc Greenwood, Sam traveled the world and would usually be the first to sit down when a (Super) High Roller was set to get underway.

In 2016, Greenwood shared with PokerNews how he thought WSOP tournament director Jack Effel mishandled a situation. A year ago, Sam Greenwood took to twitter to make his displease with the German poker contingent in the Super High Rollers known.

Other than that, Greenwood’s name is usually only heard when people discuss who’s the best of the best.

Sam Greenwood’s $100,000+ Scores (as of January 2019)

Here’s a look at Sam Greenwood’s biggest cashes to date:

Year Tour Location Buy-in Event Position Prize in $
2018 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 SHR 1st $1,853,387
2019 PCA Bahamas $10,0000 SHR 1st $1,775,460
2018 Triton Jeju HK$2,000,000 ME 4th $1,471,968
2018 partypoker MILLIONS Barcelona €50,000 SHR 1st $1,227,792
2016 EPT Barcelona €50,000 SHR 2nd $1,023,700
2017 partypoker MILLIONS Punta Cana $5,300 ME 1st $1,000,000
2015 EPT Prague €50,000 SHR 2nd $632,905
2018 APPT Macau HK$400,000 SHR 3rd $449,938
2015 PCA Bahamas $100,000 SHR 6th $369,920
2016 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 SHR 7th $341,352
2015 WSOP Las Vegas $1,000 $1K 1st $318,977
2017 EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 SHR 8th $259,606
2018 PCA Bahamas $100,000 SHR 7th $248,720
2017 partypoker MILLIONS Punta Cana $25500 SHR 2nd $242,750
2016 EPT Prague €25,500 SDHR 1st $240,912
2016 Aussie Millions Melbourne A$100,000 SHR 5th $225,030
2017 PSC Panama City $10,000 HR 2nd $223,149
2017 ACOP Macau HK$300,000 SDHR 5th $196,729
2017 EPT Prague €50,000 SHR 5th $172,831
2018 WPT Amsterdam €6,000 HR 1st $155,669
2015 EPT Malta €5,300 ME 6th $138,421
2017 partypoker MILLIONS Punta Cana $10300 HR 3rd $124,100
2015 EPT Malta €25,500 HR 7th $108,417

* ME = Main Event, HR = High Roller, SHR = Super High Roller, SDHR = Single-Day High Roller, SE = Side Event

Playing online on PokerStars as "Str8$$$Homey," Sam has been crushing the highest stakes online for years. According to the PokerStars Blog, Greenwood has multiple COOP titles to his name.

All live poker data courtesy of

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  • With over $14 million in cashes, Sam Greenwood is considered by many as one of the best.

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