She’s known as the “Principal Lady of Poker,” making ready for ladies to contend in the male-overwhelmed universe of poker from the time when there were far less females doing it. Linda Johnson has dependably had an incredible love for poker, an association which despite everything she harbors right up ’til the present time.
“I have a genuine energy for poker it’s as yet my most loved leisure activity,” Johnson told PokerNews amid a break of the $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better occasion. “I still dependably anticipate my next hand. I’m not a deteriorate using any and all means since I have heaps of outside premiums, however I cherish the excite of contending and obviously winning cash is constantly fun.”
Johnson’s rundown of poker achievements both on and off the felt continues for miles, and one need look no more remote than her Hall of Fame and Honors enlistments to see the regard she summons in the business.
She at that point went poker book shopping – for Sklansky, obviously – and took in the amusement all alone. Consistent with her dad’s words, Johnson turned out to be superior to most players and had a positive anticipation at the table. She beat the regulars at her mail station home diversion so frequently alternate players in the end withdrew her welcome.
To discover some activity, she began playing in clubhouse card rooms in California and Las Vegas, where she contended in her first competition in 1978. At the time, a lady at the felt was a peculiarity and Johnson was the main lady enrolled. The men derided and played with her – that is, until the point when she made the last table. At that point, with an end goal to thump Johnson out of the competition, the old young men ganged up.
In any case, it didn’t frighten her away. After only a couple of years playing poker in card rooms where the main ladies were mixed drink servers, Johnson’s stakes were moving, just like her certainty.
In 1980, at 27 years old, she entered her first World Series of Poker with the expectation of stopping her mail station occupation to play professionally on the off chance that she met with progress. Following the competition that mid year, Las Vegas progressed toward becoming – and still is – Johnson’s home.
Johnson was an individual from the debut 2008 class for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, alongside Barbara Enright, Marsha Waggoner and Susie Isaacs. After three years in 2011, she was regarded as an individual from the standard Poker Hall of Fame, drafted nearby Barry Greenstein.
Notwithstanding winning the pined for WSOP gold arm ornament in $1,500 Seven-Card Razz in 1997 and piling on more than $400,000 in vocation competition gets the money for, Johnson has numerous other poker accomplishments that she values.
“I’ve been extremely lucky. Being the primary inductee into WPT Honors was an excite, getting voted into the Hall of Fame was an excite.”
At the tables, Johnson’s most loved poker assortments incorporate H.O.R.S.E. what’s more, razz. Be that as it may, outside of the diversion, Johnson has possessed the capacity to keep up her energy for poker by adjusting her chance with different interests like moving, motion pictures, theater and travel. She has figured out how to connect two of her most noteworthy interests through cruising, and has been on board something close to 350 Card Player travels in her day.