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Poker … Then and Now — Part I

My, how things have changed!

by Linda Johnson |  Published: Feb 05, 2010


Since this is my first column in 2010, happy new year! I hope 2010 brings you lots of good times, good health, and good friends. Where does the time go? Thirty years ago, I struggled with the idea of quitting my secure, high-level government job to move to Las Vegas to play poker for a living. Las Vegas won! In 1980, I packed all of my worldly belongings and moved to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player. The 1980 poker scene was a lot different than the 2010 poker scene. In this column and the next, I’d like to share some of those differences with you. 1. Only a handful of women played poker in 1980. Oftentimes, there would be only one or two other women in the poker room when I played. Not many women worked as poker dealers or in poker management, either. Obviously, this has ...

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