The Poker Hall of Fame officially inducted its two newest members on Tuesday evening. Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were inducted as part of the November Nine festivities in front of friends and family.
Johnson was inducted by 2009 HOF inductee Mike Sexton who praised Johnson’s skills at the table but was quick to point out that her contributions go far beyond what her Hendon Mob entry reads.
“There’s not one person on the planet that’s done more for the poker industry than Linda Johnson. Linda has a love of the game and passion for poker like no one I’ve ever seen,” said Sexton. “When it comes to having had an impact on the poker industry, with the exception of Benny and Jack Binion, there’s not one person who belongs to be in there more than Linda Johnson.”
Johnson, who purchased CardPlayer Magazine in 1993 and turned the business around, spoke about what poker has given her – after she left steady job as a post office employee to play poker full time.
“Poker’s enabled me to see the world. I’ve gotten to play in 3o countries. Poker’s allowed me to give back,” said Johnson, who is one of the founders of PokerGives.org. “Poker’s made me believe that you’re never too old to learn. These young guys have taught me to three-bet and four-bet with air.”
Greenstein was inducted by good friend and fellow high stakes cash game regular Doyle Brunson. Greenstein has won three WSOP bracelets and cashed 52 times – good enough for 11th all-time. On the World Poker Tour, Greenstein has won two WPT titles. In Season One he won the World Poker Open and in Season Four he won the WPT Invitational.
“Most of my accomplishments are the result of battles across the poker table,” said Greenstein. “Normally I wouldn’t be that thrilled about getting an award as a result of a vote. However, after seeing the great year Erik Seidel after getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, I’m kinda looking forward to that Hall of Fame rungood.”
Greenstein’s first career win came in the 1997 California State Championship when he bested the 81 player field in a $500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event. The final table included T.J. Cloutier, Men Nguyen and John Bonetti. His lifetime earnings are $7,547,179. Over his career he’s cashed 117 times including eight wins – the last coming in the 2008 WSOP when he won the $1,500 Razz event.
The Poker Hall of Fame now has 42 members.
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