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Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman - Professional Female Poker PlayerBorn November 20, 1964 in Reno, Nevada, Jennifer Harman started playing poker at a very young age.  In fact, her first game was played at the tender age of eight and she has continued playing the game ever since.  In fact, Harman claims that her dad would put her in his games when he was down so she could win back enough money to let him break even.

Although she was a skilled card player, Harman also had some serious problems to contend with when she was still a young girl.  In fact, because of her chronic health issues, she had to undergo a kidney transplant while she was still a child.  The same health issues ultimately claimed the life of her mother when Harman was just 17.  In addition, Harman’s sister shares the same medical problems that continue to plague her.

While still a teenager, Harman got a hold of a fake ID.  She used it to get into the bars – but not for drinking.  Rather, she used the ID in order to get into the poker rooms so she could play the game she loved.  Unfortunately, she often found herself on the losing end of the game since she was going up against far tougher opponents than those she faced when playing on her father’s behalf.

Nonetheless, Harman continued playing the game.  While studying biology at the University of Nevada, she got a job as a cocktail waitress and kept a close eye on the poker room.  Once her shift ended, she would use her tip money to participate in the game.  After earning her degree, she moved to Los Angeles and decided to tend bar at a local hotel.

Five days after starting her new job, she quit so she could play poker full time at the nearby Bicycle Casino.  The decision was not well-received by her father.  In fact, he didn’t speak to her for several years after she decided to make poker her profession.

Things were rocky for Harman at first.  So, after two years of playing poker, she decided to start her own business and moved to Maryland, Washington.  The business was a failure and Harman once again turned to poker.  Her return to the poker scene wasn’t pretty.  In 1993, she was almost flat broke and had to borrow $50,000 from a friend in order to get going again.

Ever since borrowing money from a friend, Harman’s story has been one of success.  In 1995, she finished sixth at the Pot-Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker.  In 1999, she came in 13th at the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event.  She also won the Commerce Casino No-Limit Hold’em Championship as well as the Limit Hold’em event at the Orleans Open.

In 2000, Harman’s biggest win came at the World Series where she finished first at the No-Limit 2-7 Draw, despite having never played the game.  The victory earned her $146,250.  She then won second at the World Series of Poker in 2002 at the $5,000 Limit Hold’em event, which earned her $212,440.  She also took fourth place in the 2004 Championship of the World Poker Tour, which resulted in $300,000 in winnings.  Her biggest one time winnings, however, were $384,000, which she earned at the 2005 WSOP Circuit main event.

Jennifer Harman plays exclusively at FullTilt the second largest US Poker site. Jennifer Harman is one of the top female poker players in the world and has become an advocate for legalizing online poker for us citizens.