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    Saturday, November 5th, 2011 by Nadia

After calculating the votes of the 18 members of the Poker Hall of Fame who are still alive, and the 17 representatives of poker media, the WSOP officials announced that two poker veterans would be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The two players who will be honored with this recognition are Linda Johnson, a poker player and entrepreneur and Barry Greenstein, a poker champion. Both players are respected members of the poker community.

How the Selection took Place

Several players were nominated for the honor. Along with Johnson and Greenstein, Annie Duke, John Juanda, Jack McClelland, Scotty Nguyen, Marcel Luske, Huck Seed, Jennifer Harman and Tom McEvoy were also nominated through the votes of fans. The panel of Hall and media members, consisting of 35 people, had to give 10 votes to the nominees that they felt were appropriate and important enough to be included in the Hall of Fame. Though each nominee was suitably qualified, Johnson and Greenstein were the two who were voted in as the inductees of 2011, to the Hall of Fame.

As the second woman to ever be honored in this way (after Barbara Enright), Linda Johnson said that she was humbled and proud to voted into the Hall of Fame. She feels lucky to have been involved in so many aspects of the game over the last three and a half decades.

Greenstein agreed with Johnson’s words and said that he was happy to be inducted with her as she has been an ambassador for the game for as long as he could remember.

What they have done for the Game

Greenstein has been one of the leaders in the arenas of cash game and tournament poker for more than 20 years. He has won two World Poker Tour championships and more than $7.5 million in winnings over the course of his career. He has also won three WSOP bracelets. For nine years running, Greenstein has brought in 6 figures (minimum), from his poker tournament winnings alone. He has also won money from cash games that were played the world over.

However, Greenstein is best known for his charity work. He donated his winnings from tournaments to several charities over the years, living up to his nickname ‘the Robin Hood of Poker’. He continues to dedicate a large part of his cash winnings to charitable causes.

Johnson has participated in almost every aspect of poker. She won a bracelet at WSOP 1997, making her 1 of only 15 women to achieve the feat and has won more than $340,000 from tournaments. She has competed in games in almost every poker circuit. However, her real contribution to the world of poker hasn’t been at the tables.

Linda was once the owner of CardPlayer Magazine. She was one of the members who helped found the Tournament Directors Association. This group has worked towards streamlining rules for poker tournaments all over the world. She was also the original Director of Tournaments for the World Poker Tour, helping them get the event started. She also helped start Poker Gives, teaming up with Sexton, Fisher and Tenner to start the charity. She has been called the ‘First Lady of Poker’.

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