March 1, 2007
A chai roller rakes in the chips in Gardena and Vegas
(Page 2 - Previous Page)In a world often characterized by feast-or-famine incertitude, Greenstein has generally, but not always, been able to provide for his children's material needs: There was a time, after he left Silicon Valley and moved to Los Angeles, when he racked up more than $1 million in gambling debts. Although he climbed out of that hole and is now in "very good financial shape," he acknowledges that his gambling did not provide his children with what he feels they should have had: more attention.
Still, despite his misgivings, Greenstein is at Hustler Casino on most weekends, sitting at the table with Flynt and some of the world's top poker players. Hundreds of thousands of dollars flow back and forth on the turn of a card. It's a tense way to make a living.
However, given the rewards, it's a tension that Greenstein is willing to live with. Or, to put it another way, it's an ante he's chosen to put up.
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