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Linda Johnson

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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.

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