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Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson to be inducted into Poker Hall of Fame

Duo will officially be enshrined on Nov. 8 before start of main event final table


Barry Greenstein, Linda JohnsonOn Thursday the World Series of Poker announced that Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson have been voted into the Poker Hall of Fame as the 2011 class. Both were also nominated in 2009 and 2010.

Greenstein, winner of three WSOP bracelets and $7.7 million lifetime in tournaments, is widely regarded as one of the best cash game players of all-time. The poker author has also been a fixture in some of TV’s most historic cash games, such as High Stakes Poker.

Bracelet-winner Johnson, who becomes just the second female to join the Hall of Fame, was publisher and part owner of Card Player magazine for nearly eight years and is still a prominent figure in the poker business world as part owner of Card Player Cruises and the studio announcer for the World Poker Tour.

The 2011 nominees also included Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Marcel Luske, Jack McClelland, Tom McEvoy, Scotty Nguyen, Huck Seed, and Annie Duke, whose nomination drew some criticism from the poker community.

There are currently 40 members of the Poker Hall of Fame. In order to be considered, a 40-year-old and above candidate must have played consistently well against top competition for high stakes and have stood the test of time, while also gaining the respect of their peers. Non-players must have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game.

Greenstein and Johnson will be officially inducted on Nov. 8 at the Rio Hotel and Casino just prior to the start of the main event final table.



almost 3 years ago

good choice


almost 3 years ago

good choice


almost 3 years ago

Barry is certainly a "good choice".

As far as I know, Linda Johnson has never played for "high stakes" as is required by the criteria for induction. If I'm mistaken, someone can correct me.

Perhaps it would be fair to some of the top players past and present who have been thus far been excluded to make a distinction of inductees that have been inducted under the "special categories". Linda Johnson may be one of those.


almost 3 years ago

There is a criteria for non-players who contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

I think this is where Linda falls in.


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