Johnson, Greenstein join Poker Hall of Fame


Professional poker players Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson became the 41st and 42nd members of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Fellow Poker Hall of Fame members Mike Sexton and Doyle Brunson made the introductions before the start of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event Championship.

Johnson became just the second female in the Hall of Fame, joining Barbara Enright, who was inducted in 2007.

Greenstein and Johnson were finalists for the honor in 2010.

Greenstein, 56, was won more than $7.5 million in tournament poker and owns three World Series of Poker individual event championship bracelets. He also holds two World Poker Tour titles.

Johnson, 58, earned a World Series of Poker championship bracelet in 1997 and is one of only 15 females to capture an open event at the tournament.

In 1993, Johnson purchased Card Player magazine and over the next eight years, the magazine grew from a 68-page, black and white newsprint publication into a 132-page, full-color, glossy magazine. She has co-written three poker books and is a partner in Card Player Cruises, hosting more than 90 poker cruises to destinations around the world.

She was the original chairwoman for the Poker Players Alliance, a Washington D.C. lobbying group that supports the federal legalization of Internet poker.