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The WSOP, WPT Honors, and Women in Poker Hall of Fame

by Linda Johnson |  Published: Jun 20, 2018


The deadline for this column was May 21, about a week before the 2018 World Series of Poker was due to start. For many poker players around the world, myself included, the WSOP is an extravaganza that we look forward to all year. I’ve been attending and participating since 1980; that’s the year I entered my first bracelet event and it was life changing for me. I had already decided that if I did well, I would quit my well-paying, secure government job at the Postal Service and move to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player. After coming in fifth place in the ladies seven-card stud event, I gave my two-week notice and then moved to Las Vegas to begin my poker career. I’ve had no regrets; poker has provided a very good life for my family and I still have a strong passion for the game. By ...

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