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Berry Johnston - Poker Player

Berry Enfield Johnston is one of the highly admired American professional poker players who has won many titles and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2004. He is well known as a gentleman both on and off the table. Berry is truly a veteran poker player and also plays online poker at Full Tilt Poker.

Personal Life

Berry Johnston was born on September 25, 1935. It is believed that Berry started playing poker at the age of 35. He played at the highest stakes against some of the best players of that time such as Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson.

In the decade of 1980s, Berry Johnston started making his fame and impact on the world of poker.

Berry Johnston spend much of his time playing online poker representing Full Tilt Poker tournaments and also the poker ambassadors for Cherokee Casino based in Oklahoma.

He is admired by his poker players because he never shows his disgust after being defeated by his opponents.

Berry is a religious man and many believe that it gives him strength to have a cool attitude at the tables. Besides playing poker, Berry loves to spend time with his family. Doyle Brunson, Godfather of Poker quoted him as, “…He is a deeply religious and devoted family man, who has always been a gentleman at all times.”

Apart from his humble attitude and achievements Beery Enfield Johnston is also recognized in the world of poker for inducting him into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Apart from his achievements in the World Series Berry Johnston is tied with Chris “Jesus” Ferguson for the third place for winning 56 cashes at World Series events.

In his poker career, Berry Johnston has cashed 126 tournaments in his lifetime and also has tournament poker earnings of $3.2 million.

Berry is still competing to make more records.

Currently, he resides in Bethany, OK, United States.


Berry Enfield Johnston has played numerous poker tournaments in his career thus challenging many legendary poker players. In 1982, which is considered to be one of his most important achievements, he finished third in the $10,000 Championship Event at the World Series.

In 1983, Berry won the first WSOP bracelets.

In 1986, he became extensively well known as the World Champion by defeating Gary “Bones” Berland and Jesse Alto. He made to the final table for a third time in the year 1990.

In total, he has also won four other bracelets at the World Series of Poker apart from the wins and cashes in other tournaments throughout his career.

Berry Johnston is also known among a few of the poker players who won the gold bracelet as World Series of Poker Championship Event.

Johnston also finished in the 5th in the 1990 World Series. In his poker career, he successfully made his way to 26 final tables at the WSOP. And in case of money winnings, he has finished at least 54 times.

He is also popular for cashing 10 times in the WSOP Main Event when compared to other poker players.

In 2007, Johnston won his last cash in the Main Event and finished in 113th place by competing over thousands of proficient players and ultimately won $58,570. Till the year 2010, his winnings in live tournament exceeded the amount $3,450,000.

Besides holding the record of winning cash every year since 1982 till 2010, this poker player also holds record for longest streaks at 29 years.

In the 2008 World Series of Poker, Berry Johnston cashed three times and holds the 42nd position on the World Series of Poker all time money list. Presently, he holds the 4th place for the World Series of Poker all-time cashes list by claiming 57 cashes as of 2009.

He not only participated in World Series of Poker but also played on the popular NBC’s Poker After Dark Series and threw challenge to some of the highly admired poker players.

Berry Johnston won World Series of Poker Bracelets in the following years: 1983 in the $2,500 Match Play, 1986 in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship, 1990 in the $2,500 Limit Hold'em, 1995 in the year $1,500 Limit Omaha and 2001 in the 1,500 Razz.


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