Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson
GPI rank: 23933
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Total Live Earnings: $438,002
United States United States
Nickname: First Lady of Poker
Last Seen in: 2022 World Series of Poker
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Linda Johnson is an American poker player and former WSOP bracelet winner. She was an inaugural inductee to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame and was the second woman (after Barbara Enright) to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

"I am extremely proud and humbled to be voted into the Poker Hall of Fame,” Johnson said at the time. “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.”

Johnson began playing poker in the 1970s, and eventually quit her job to become a full-time poker player. She played poker until 1993 when she purchased CardPlayer Magazine and became the magazine’s publisher, turning the magazine into a 132-page full-color magazine.

In 1997, she won a WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Razz event, becoming only the second woman ever to win an open WSOP bracelet event.

Women of the WSOP: Linda Johnson is the 'First Lady of Poker'

In 2017, she was the inaugural receipient of the WPT Honors Award for her extraordinary contributions to helping poker. Throughout her career, she severd as WPT Studio Commentator for the first six seasons of the WPT.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
9th $12,459
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
87th $2,676
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
13th $8,027
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $2,500 Seven Card Razz
16th $7,857
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
29th $5,772
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #22: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship
31st $4,847
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 15 - $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
23rd $5,848
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 6 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
25th $6,367

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