Professional Poker Player, Publisher, Entrepreneur
Referred to as the “first lady of poker”, Linda Johnson taught herself to play the game at an early age. In 1980, after finishing 5th in the WSOP Ladies Seven-Card Stud Tournament, Linda quit her job to move to Las Vegas and become a professional poker player. In 1997, she became the second woman in history to win a World Series open event.
Aside from her many achievements as a poker player, Linda was the publisher of Card Player magazine from 1993-2000. Linda was instrumental in helping to establish the World Poker Industry Conference, the World Poker Players Conference, the Tournament Directors Association, and the World Poker Tour, and was the original chairperson for the Poker Players Alliance. She was honored for her poker accomplishments as a premier inductee into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. Linda currently is a partner in Card Player Cruises and an instructor for WPT Boot Camp.