Wednesday, May 05, 2010


I put in my hours this afternoon at Caesars Palace so that I could be home in time for the Mookie tonight (which is about to start).

The only remarkable thing thing that happened was that Linda Johnson played at my table for an hour or so. From the conversations that were taking place, I got the impression that nobody else at the table knew who she was. What? None of you reads Card Player magazine? None of you watches the World Poker Tour? None of you follows poker news, such as the establishment of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame?

But soon she turned the conversation to poker cruises and passed out her business cards. Some players still clearly didn't know anything of her accomplishments.

I missed the part of the conversation in which her history of winning an WSOP bracelet came up, but she had it on, and when somebody asked to see it, she took it off and passed it around for anybody who wanted to take a gander. She won this in Event #2, razz, in the 1997 Series. I like how she has had it customized. I assume that 6-5-4-3-A was what she held in the final hand. The underside was engraved with the date and the event. It looked to me like that was there originally, but it's possible that she had that added, too.

Nice piece of poker bling!


Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Had a chance to play some with Linda Johnson at a charity event last summer. Very nice, friendly. Good, interesting interview w/her on the 3/17/10 episode of the Gamblers Book Club podcast.

Anonymous said...

Never been able to put my finger on why, but these older pre-Moneymaker boom players seem like a different breed of cat. Maybe it's just a question of maturity, but it's tough to imagine them racing around the table screaming like a banshee after taking down a pot.

I always enjoy reading interviews/stories about them---Johnson has always been a favorite.