Berry Johnston is regarded as one of the top poker players, and he is famous for his composure and behavior on and off the table, which earned him his reputation as a true poker gentleman. A native of Oklahoma, Berry started playing poker in 1970. He moved to Las Vegas and finished third in the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event. Berry won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Match Play event in 1983, and two years later Johnston had another third-place finish in the WSOP Main Event.
In the World Series of Poker, skilled players compete with tremendous amounts of money at stake with each hand. Berry Johnston won the 1986 World Series of Poker Main Event with an impressive performance, and he will always be remembered as a particularly compelling champion. In 1990, Johnston won his third World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2,500 Limit Hold’em event. In the 1995 World Series of Poker, Berry won his fourth bracelet with his first-place finish in the $1,500 Limit Omaha tournament, and he won his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet in 2001 in the $1,500 Razz event.
In addition to his impressive wins, Berry has found himself in more than 30 World Series of Poker final tables. Johnston’s current lifetime tally of cashes stands at 50; even though he is not as active in tournaments as he was a few years ago, Berry is always a favorite to win the Main Event. In the year 2004, Berry Johnston was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, but despite his impressive list of accomplishments, Berry remains the same humble person he was before achieving greatness.
At the 2004 Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Doyle Brunson said: “What I admire most about Berry is not Berry the great poker player, but Berry the man. He is a deeply religious and devoted family man, who has always been a gentleman at all times.” As an inspiring champion and human being, Berry Johnston will always be a role model for younger poker players.