The two new inductees to the prestigious Poker Hall of Fame were announced by the World Series of Poker. A panel consisting of 35 existing hall of famers and media persons voted Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson in as the 41st and 42nd members of the elite group of poker players that have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Both Greenstein and Johnson will be honored with an official induction on Tuesday, November 8th, as part of the November Nine festivities held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Barry Greenstein is known as the "Robin Hood of Poker" for his many accomplishments on and away from the poker table. He has amassed more than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings and has also won three World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles. He's known as one toughest cash-game players in the world and plays in some of the biggest games in the world, including the games with Andy Beal and the Corporation.
Greenstein's charitable donations are many. Through his poker winnings he has donated more than $3 Million to various charities - hence the nickname "Robin Hood of Poker." Greenstein is also an accomplished author, he gives an autographed copy of “Ace on the River” to everyone that busts him out of a tournament. He is the father of six including four stepchildren.
Greenstein said, "I'm happy to be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside my friend Linda Johnson who has been the most fervent ambassador for poker for as long as I can remember."
"The First Lady of Poker" - Linda Johnson - was appropriately given that nickname by fellow Hall of Famer Mike Sexton. Since the 1980s, Johnson has been one of poker's most passionate supporters. In her very first WSOP tournament, she took 5th place and that sent her on the road to quitting her job at the U.S. Post Office and she started her new profession - poker player. She won her first and only bracelet (so far) when she took down the $1,500 7-Card Razz event in 1997.
Johnson purchased Card Player Magazine in 1993 and spent eight years as a publisher. She has been a key player in developing the World Poker Industry Conference, the World Poker Players Conference and the Tournament Directors Association. At this time she is on the Board of Directors for the Ladies International Poker Series and the Poker Players Alliance.
"I am extremely proud and humbled to be voted into the Poker Hall of Fame,” Johnson said. “I feel lucky to have been involved in many facets of poker over the past 35 years. Being recognized by the industry is a tremendous honor.”
Johnson and Greenstein were chosen out of the following 2011 Hall of Fame Finalists that were nominated: Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Marcel Luske, Huck Seed, Annie Duke, Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda, Scotty Nguyen, Jack McClelland, and Tom McEvoy (those finalists are all eligible for the Hall of Fame next year).
Greenstein and Johnson will be inducted at 16:30 PDT. The three-handed finale of the WSOP Main Event table will begin immediately following the ceremony.