Despite the fact that Joe Sebok was raised by poker extraordinaire, Barry Greenstein, Sebok had never intended on - or ever contemplated - pursuing a career playing cards. Greenstein had carefully partitioned off his profession from his children, encouraging them instead to reap the benefits of a university education.
Joe graduated from university with a mjor in psychology, but found work in the internet industry. However, Joe was eventually laid off by one failing company after another, and, after taking some time to consider his options, approached Barry about the possibility that he could learn to play poker
for a living. Instructed to delve into beginner poker guides, poker tutorial software, and to practice playing poker online
, Joe Sebok methodically worked his way up from play money games to $10/$20 Texas Hold'em
. Then he was off to the World Series of Poker.
With only a year of playing experience, Joe Sebok's first live tournament cash came in the 2005 WSOP $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em with an 8th place finish for $33K. One week later he took 5th place in the WSOP $5000 Limit Hold'em for almost $76K, and cashed a third time at the 2005 WSOP for an added $5K. Sebok went on to cash in three WPT events, adding nearly $60K more to his 2005 tournament earnings.
2006 proved to be even more profitable, as Joe Sebok cashed in 14 tournament events, with 3 first place wins, bumping his career poker cashes over the $1M line. Over the next two years, Joe Sebok's tournament career continued to thrive, despite the fact that the WSOP bracelet and WPT title continued to elude him.
In 2009, Joe Sebok agreed to a sponsorship deal with UB in the wake of UltimateBet's superuser scandal that had all but destroyed the online poker site
. Sebok took on a consultation role in UB's business operations, and set out to uncover all verifiable information concerning the major cheating incident in order to ensure the safety and security of UB patrons.
While his work at both UB and PokerRoad have cut significantly into Joe Sebok's time to play tournaments and expand further on his poker skills, Joe continues to make an effort to enter WSOP and WPT events, taking time off from his other duties to focus on the game that got him where he is today.