Jennifer Harman was born November 29, 1964 in Reno Nevada. Perhaps it was the location pf her up-bringing that imbedded the poker skills into her very core, as by the age of 8 years old, Jennifer was not only playing poker for real money, she was winning! Jennifer Harman turned her attentions to a professional poker career in the mid-80′s, playing for progressively higher stakes to earn a well deserved reputation as one of today’s most prolific poker players.In her early years, Harman began suffering from kidney problems – an illness shared by both her sister and mother, who passed away from the illness when Jennifer was only 17 years old. Jennifer was forced to undergo a kidney transplant as well. But that didn’t stop her from enjoying her greatest passion, playing poker.
After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, Jennifer Harman made the weighted decision to play poker professionally – a decision that caused a large rift between herself and her father. Fortunately, after suffering through years of little or no contact, Jennifer and her father have reconciled and now enjoy a healthy relationship.
While on the subject of relationships, Jennifer Harman is happily married to her husband, Marco Traniello. They have two twin boys together. A stylist by profession, after marrying Jennifer Harman (now officially Jennifer Harman Traniello), Marco himself has joined the professional poker circuit.
Over her highly successful career, Jennifer has made a huge name for herself. Commonly miss-dubbed as the best ‘female’ poker player, Harman is actually one of the best poker players in the world, regardless of gender. She has racked up an impressive cash total of $1,850,000 (as of Sept. 2007), including more than 40 cashes, two 1st place finishes and two World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets.
Jennifer Harman and the WSOP
Jennifer Harman earned her first WSOP bracelet in 2000, winning the $5,000 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw against such final-table opponents as Lyle Berman and Steve Zolotow. What made this win so memorable for Jennifer was the fact that she had never even played Deuce to Seven Draw. Jennifer finished in first place and cashed $146,250 after receiving a 5-minute tutorial from Howard Lederer just before the start of the game.
At the 2002 WSOP, Harman was awarded her second WSOP Bracelet for taking down the $5,000 Limit Hold’em, cashing in for $212,440. Jennifer Harman really worked her poker magic in this tournament, going up against a field that included Humberto Brenes, Allen Cunningham and Mimi Tran. Harman is currently the only female poker professional to claim two bracelets in WSOP open events.
Harman’s biggest cash to date came in a WSOP Circuit Event, the Rio Las Vegas Poker Tournament. Jennifer finished in 2nd place in Event #8 No Limit Hold’em, pocketing her biggest single prize of $383,840 on March 23, 2005.
Jennifer Harman and the WPT
Harman has participated in a multitude of World Poker Tour (WPT) events, though she has never outright won the Main Event. Her closest victory was 4th place at the WPT Five-Diamond World Poker Classic in 2004. Jennifer has cashed in 11 WPT events including WPT Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Jennifer Harman the Poker Author
Jennifer Harman contributed her professional genius to one of the top selling ‘Hold’em Poker Strategy’ books on the market – “Doyle Brunson’s Super System II”. Jennifer penned the entire chapter on Limit Hold’em. Super System II, published in 2004, is an updated and revised sequel to the original 1979 publication of “Doyle Brunson’s Super System: A Course in Power Poker”.
Jennifer Harman’s Other Achievements
Jennifer is known for being one of the regulars – and the only female regular – in the high-stakes cash games at the Bellagio “Big Game”. She has made appearances on the NBC network series, “Poker After Dark”, winning the tournament held on Week 8. She also appeared on “High Stakes Poker”, on series on GSN.
Harman went heads-up with Thomas Bihl in the 2007 WSOPE, (the inaugural year of the ‘World Series of Poker Europe’) H.O.R.S.E. event, finishing in 2nd place for a cash prize of $73,160.
Jennifer Harman is a proud member of Team Full Tilt, a vast group of highly skilled professional poker players who participate exclusively in online poker at the Full Tilt Poker site. Harman can be found at the online poker room’s tables, especially in her favorite venue, No-Limit Hold’em cash games.
Jennifer Harman – Other Information
Jennifer Harman enjoys her favorite hobbies, hiking and skiing, and listens to all varieties of music. Harman’s number one goal in life is to be a good mother, raising twin boys, and good wife to her husband, Marco. Harman is good friends with Daniel Negreanu.
Harman was forced to take a year away from the poker circuit in 2004 to undergo her second kidney transplant via organ donation. After the surgery and a long recovery process, Harman founded the non-profit charity organization, Creating Organ Donation Awareness (CODA), to raise money and public awareness for organ donation.