Today’s guest on CPG is a member of the Poker Hall-of-Fame, former owner of CardPlayer Magazine, early investor in PartyPoker, and was a major driving force behind the World Poker Tour coming to reality… the amazing Linda Johnson.
It isn’t hyperbole to say that Linda has been one of the most influential figures in the world of poker for at least the past 30 years as both a pioneer and visionary.
As a pioneer, she planted the seeds for poker’s exponential growth by forcing poker rooms to adopt stronger rules regarding atrocious behavior.
As a visionary, she instantly recognized the potential for bringing poker mainstream when Adam Pliska pitched her and Mike Sexton on the idea of the holecard cam.
Before you dive into today’s conversation with Linda Johnson… for those of you who have been listening to Chasing Poker Greatness from the beginning, you might remember one of my early questions:
“When you think of greatness in the world of poker, who’s the first person that comes to mind?”
I stopped asking it because it quickly became obvious that 90% of my guests were gonna answer Doyle Brunson or Phil Ivey.
But as I was sitting here thinking of what to say in this intro, it dawned on me that if I were asked that question in the present moment, my immediate most honest answer would be Linda Johnson.
Many moons ago she fell in love with a beautiful card game that existed in a world that wasn’t very kind to her. Instead of accepting this reality or finding a new game to love, Linda invested every ounce of her lifeforce rising up to meet the challenges and paved the way for the poker world as we now know it.
For that, I personally owe her a debt I can never repay. My only hope is that the next generation of poker players has half of her resolve and willpower so that we can continue fighting the good fight Linda began many years ago…
Showing the outside world why the game of poker is worthy of both love and aspiration.
Without any further ado, I bring to you my conversation with poker hall-of-famer, Linda Johnson.