Linda Johnson is an American poker player and publicist. She is referred to by many as "The First Lady of Poker".
Over the course of her career, she won a WSOP bracelet, served as publisher of CardPlayer Magazine for eight years and helped set up the Tournament Directors Association (TDA).
Johnson was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2011.
"I am extremely proud and humbled to be voted into the Poker Hall of Fame," Johnson said. "I feel lucky to have been involved in many facets of poker over the past 35 years. Being recognized by the industry is a tremendous honor."
Born in Long Island, New York, Johnson quit her job at the U.S. Post Office to become a professional poker player.
In 1993, Johnson purchased CardPlayer Magazine and served as published for eight years.
In 1997, she won a WSOP bracelet in Razz.
Linda Johnson and the World Poker Tour
Johnson earned her nickname of "The First Lady of Poker" from fellow Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton. As one of the founders of the World Poker Tour, Johnson utilized her influence and her network to organize meetings with the casinos that would become the first for the World Poker Tour.
She also served as WPT Studio Commentator for the first six seasons fo the World Poker Tour.
In 2017, she was the inaugural recipient of the WPT Honors Award.