Team SPT

Linda Johnson

by SPT Staff on November 10, 2014 , Comments Off on Linda Johnson

linda250In 2011, Linda was inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame. Only two women currently hold the honor and we’re proud to have her on our team.

The former publisher of Card Player magazine, Johnson is the current World Poker Tour announcer, a Card Player author, and a well-respected player. She won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1997 in the $1,500 seven-card Razz event.

When not working with the WPT, Johnson is the organizer of Card Player Cruises, the host of several “at sea” poker tournaments.

She was a co-founder of the World Poker Industry Conference, the World Poker Players Conference, and the Tournament Directors Association. She was the original chairperson for the Poker Players Alliance and still serves on its board of directors. Today, Linda teaches for the WPT Boot Camp and hosts charity events and seminars in card rooms around the world. Known as “The First Lady of Poker,” Johnson has been worthy ambassador to the game over the years.

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Nancy Todd

by SPT Staff on March 21, 2014 , Comments Off on Nancy Todd

nancy250Nancy Todd is a political consultant and president of Nancy Todd, Inc., an international strategic consulting firm based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Todd’s specialty is in the gaming industry and she is credited with being responsible for the proliferation of casinos in the United States (1991-2000) and the world (2000-present).

Todd cut her political teeth in Louisiana where she attended LSU law school and volunteered in political campaigns.  She started with the legendary Matt Reese in 1979.  Since then, Todd has been a consultant to over l96 campaigns in 42 states and six countries, with a winning record of 98 percent.

Nancy Todd, Inc. has worked with candidates and projects both nationally and internationally and has received several national awards for creativity in political advertising.  In 1995, Todd completed a successful hostile takeover of a rural electric cooperative in Louisiana, the first such takeover in the country.

Treasurer and Vice President  of the board of directors of the International Association of Political Consultants and now past President and Chairman of the American Association of Political Consultants, Todd was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame of the AAPC in March, 2008, the first such woman to be so honored..  Her articles and commentary have appeared nationally in newspapers and professional publications.

She is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally for governments, heads of state, key leaders in emerging democracies and major universities including Harvard, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, George Washington University, Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University.

Todd authors a monthly column for Casino Journal entitled “The Politics of Gaming”. Nancy Todd, Inc.  specializes in controversial issues with special emphasis on promoting integrity and responsibility among all involved parties. Her success rate for assisting clients deemed “Davids” to defeat “Goliaths” is legendary. Her corporate site can be viewed at

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The Duke of Fremont Street

by SPT Staff on March 19, 2014 , Comments Off on The Duke of Fremont Street

duke250Who is The Duke Of Fremont Street?

The Duke Of Fremont Street is known for many diverse things. The Duke is known as a No-Limit Texas Held-Em player, a Las Vegas treasure hunter, a World traveler and adventurer, a survivor, and a philanthropist to name but a few and he’s considered to be a very quintessential “Old Vegas” character. An Ambassador, if you will, of a Golden bi-gone Era, an Era of glamour, romance and adventure.

The Duke was born Ronald Lloyd Wall on December 8th, 1950 on the Mississippi River in the town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As far back as he can recall The Duke played poker on the riverboats and in the back alley card games along the river. As a Mississippi Riverboat gambler the Duke honed his poker and survival skills which has helped him overcome the many adversities he’s experienced throughout his colorful life and poker career. Many years ago The Duke visited Las Vegas for the first time and immediately fell in love with the “Mecca” of all poker. He knew then this would be his future home. Although he left his “Old South” Mississippi riverboat gambler life behind The Duke managed to bring his “Southern Gentleman” charm and demeanor along with him to his new Las Vegas home. Since then his escapades and treasure hunting have taken him all over the World. He’s trekked 6 of the 7 continents but has yet to find a place on the globe that suits him better than his “beloved” Las Vegas. For most others the bucket list would already be completed but for The Duke he has yet to reach his stride. For The Duke Of Fremont Street “The Adventure Continues!”

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