Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast Ep. #353: Linda Johnson & Jan Fisher

Bruce and Robbie welcome back the very first guests to ever have appeared on the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, Jan Fisher and Linda Johnson. Jan and Linda are individuals who have practically been synonymous with the game of poker for decades now. Both of them are founding members of the TDA (Tournament Directors Association) and members of the inaugural class of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, and Linda is also a WPT Honors recipient and member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Much home game poker talk ensues among the fab foursome, which we know you’ll love. Plus, Ben Ludlow ends off the show with another great One Outer.

Time Stamps

1:04How Ya Runnin?
1:20Bruce getting a bit bored, not playing home game poker (even online).But, he HAS been watching lots of great poker action on PokerGO.
5:45Robbie has cautious optimism that in-person home games might resume soon in Israel. Meanwhile, he’s getting his mixed game and H.O.R.S.E. fix with online poker home games once in a while.
9:05With more people having extra time on their hands, there’s no better time to study. Red Chip Poker’s CORE offering, at just $5 a week, is a great option. Podcast listeners can sign up and claim one week free!
13:40Reminder to check out the other shows in the Cardplayer Lifestyle family of podcasts: the Bernard Lee Poker Show and the Rec Poker podcast.
14:48Poker Notes Live mobile app ad
15:33Look Who We Found – Welcoming Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher to the show.
16:32Bruce reminisces about how Linda and Jan played an integral part in his introduction to the game of poker, mixed games in particular, back in Mesquite, NV.
18:24Jan and Linda were the first guests on the Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast, and have assisted in getting numerous other guests on the show over the years.
21:40Linda and Jan play heads-up often to practice against and learn from each other. Linda also plays real money poker on WSOP.com.
23:35Jan and Linda miss their in-person home game, which they’ve been attending as well as hosting for about 8 years.
24:30Linda and Jan reflect on how strange it is to be living in Las Vegas with the casinos closed, and share what they’ve been doing to keep busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
26:50Jan and Linda’s recommendations for what live poker ought to look like once it returns. Hand sanitizer is so important. It also might not be appealing to play too shorthanded, but the days of 9- and 10-player games might be over. Poker will likely be the last thing that opens within the casinos once they’re back in business.
29:35Analyzing the proposed guidelines for reopening the Wynn Poker Room.
31:50Thoughts on the World Series of Poker being held (Ed. Note: conversation took place just prior to the official postponement of the WSOP until the fall).
35:17What will poker players’ comfort level be once live poker returns?
37:33As partners in Card Player Cruises, Linda and Jan share their thoughts on the cruise industry in general and its future in the post COVID-19 era. They’re still hopeful that people will take poker cruises and intend to return to the ships as soon as they begin sailing again.
40:30Las Vegas locals don’t want to have the casinos open too soon and begin attracting tourists, economic impact notwithstanding.
43:45Ben Ludlow’s One Outer: Ben talks about his decision to become a professional poker streamer.

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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded Cardplayerlifestyle.com in 2009. A veteran member of the poker media corps, in addition to writing and video presenting, Robbie has hosted multiple poker podcasts over the years, including Top Pair, the Red Chip Poker Podcast, The Orbit, and the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of Poker Hall of Famer Eli […]


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