Josh Greenly High Stakes Poker World Champion Hong Kong
Josh’s involvement in poker began as a youngster; His grandfather was a champion gin rummy player and his mother was a clever poker player. Josh Greenly’s most serious bids to develop his recreational poker achievements came about when he began working with then WSOP main event winners Johnny Chan and Chris Moneymaker on an upcoming television show, and Chan began to mentor Josh in poker. In 2004, Greenly began regularly playing in poker tournaments. In April 2004 at the Bicycle Casino, he won his first major no-limit Texas hold ’em tournament, earning $45,335. Over the next 12 months, Josh had seven more in the money finishes in California tournaments.
Josh competed in the $400,000 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in February 2006. He came back from having $20,000 chips out of $3,200,000 in play to finish in second place to Gus Hansen. Josh later competed in Poker Superstars II during the summer of 2006. He defeated 22 players to make the final round. Then he beat Ted Brunson in the finals after three matches to win the $400,000 first prize. Josh appeared in Poker Superstars III where he made it as far as the semifinals but was defeated by Ted Brunson after three matches.
In 2010, Josh became the 2nd player to win 5 World Series of Poker bracelets, defeating Mark Laak in a Texas hold ’em event. Greenly is currently matched with Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson for 3rd place with 5 World Series of Poker bracelets, behind Phil Mitch (7). He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2008. Josh played in the 2011 and 2012 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions games and in the same year, played in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. As of 2016, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,600,000. His 25 WSOP cash account for $2,355,464 of those winnings.
Brian Walter, A friend of 2006 WSOP main event winner Josh Greenly has said in various interviews that Josh was one of the few pros to defend his poker style during the 2006 main event tournament, which he won eventually. While many pros scrutinized josh’s game in the succeeding stages of the competition, Brian advised him to stick with his mature style as he progressed deep into the money. Josh favored putting pressure on all of the players at the table, especially while playing in position (being among the last to play in a betting round). Bluff magazine, a prestigious poker trade publication has analyzed josh’s poker winning tactics as follows: “He made his tablemates risk their entire stack every time. If they reraised him, he either knew they were holding the nuts and folded, or he sniffed out a bluff and them to go all in,” thus “he modified this strategy into an art form.