Linda Johnson and Barry Greenstein: Newest Members of Poker Hall of Fame

by Lou on November 6, 2011

Congratulations to Linda Johnson and Barry Greenstein—the 41st and 42nd inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Greenstein has won more than $7.5 in poker tournaments, including three WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour wins. In addition, the “Robin Hood of Poker”—a nicknamed he’s earned through the more than $3 million in poker winnings he’s donated to charity—is also a successful high stakes cash game poker player and a fixture on the show High Stakes Poker.

Linda Johnson, the second female to earn this honor—the first is Barbara Enright—won her first WSOP bracelet in 1997 in the razz event and has seven final table appearances at WSOP events as well. Fellow hall-of-famer nicknamed Linda the “First Lady of Poker” for her lead role in making poker what it is today. Johnson learned poker in the 70s and began playing full-time a decade later.

She is one of the founding partners in Card Player Cruises and the former publisher of Card Player Magazine.

I’ve known Linda for the better part of two decades, meeting her in what was then the Desert oasis Indian Casino, where I learned to play Omaha/8 over a two week period where she seemed to extract most of the money. I caught up with her again when she purchased Card Player Magazine when I was a columnist there and we’ve been friends ever since.

Johnson and Greenstein will be formally inducted on November 8 during the finals of this year’s WSOP main event at the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater.  The induction is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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