2011 Poker Hall of Fame – Barry Greenstein, Linda Johnson

Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson were already legends in the poker world, and needed no validation from anybody. However, they certainly aren’t complaining after being the only two inductees in the 2011 Poker Hall of Fame class.

Besides Johnson and Greenstein, the full list of nominees included Annie Duke, Huck Seed, Jack McClelland, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, John Juanda, Marcel Luske, Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy. Considering some of the poker tournament legends on this list, it was certainly an honor to be selected for the Poker Hall of Fame in 2011.

Linda Johnson reiterated this point by telling the press, “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.” Barry Greenstein added his thoughts by saying, “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.”

Here is a closer look at both players’ career accomplishments in the poker world.

Barry Greenstein – Not only is Greenstein excellent on the poker tables with two WPT titles, three WSOP bracelets and $7,547,179 in tournament winnings, but he is also somewhat of a poker strategy expert after writing “Ace on the River.” In addition to this, Greenstein is called “The Robin Hood of Poker” because he’s donated millions of his poker winnings to charity. One more notable aspect of Greenstein’s career is that he is one of the world’s best live high stakes cash game players too.

Linda Johnson – As Johnson said in her aforementioned quote, she’s been involved in many facets of poker including playing, journalism and consulting. In fact, Johnson is known as “The First Lady of Poker” since she’s been in the game since 1974. Her two most notable accomplishments are helping start the World Poker Tour, and publishing CardPlayer Magazine before selling it to Barry Shulman. Her playing accolades include a WSOP bracelet in Razz, and $342,049 in poker tournament cashes.

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