Jennifer Harman won her first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 at the No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Event. Surprisingly, she had never played that game prior to the event. She won her second WSOP bracelet in 2002 at the $5000 Limit Hold ’em event. She is the only woman to hold two bracelets in WSOP open events.
Harman has finished 4th at the World Poker Tour Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, 5th in the inaugural Professional Poker Tour event, and 2nd in the WSOP Circuit Championship Event at the Rio. Harman is the only woman who is a regular player in the “Big Game”, the high-stakes cash game at the Bellagio. While a lot of famous poker players success has come from tournament poker, the majority of Harman’s wealth comes from her success in high stakes cash games.
She was also an active participant in “The Corporation”, a group of high stakes poker players. The Corporation was formed to play against Andy Beal who was a very rich man who thought he could take down the world’s pros. They played limit poker with blinds of $100,000/$200,000. Playing daily sessions, Beal went down $3.3 million, then up $13.6 million. The Corporation brought out Phil Ivey and over three days Beal lost $16.3 million.
In 2007 Harman finished as runner up in the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe. As of 2009, Harman’s total live tournament winnings exceeded $2,300,000. Her success and trailblazing nature as a woman poker player helped to elect her to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015.
The story of Harman’s first World Series of Poker bracelet is a classic one. She had never played No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball in her life before the event, but fellow poker pro Howard Lederer gave her a five-minute crash course before the event began. She went on to win that event and receive her first bracelet. Amazing.
Harman’s life had some issues around 2004 as she had to take a year away from poker to have her second kidney transplant. Harman had previously lost both her mother and sister to a kidney illness and needed a transplant to survive. The surgery was a success and she returned to the game in 2005.
Upon her return, she had a 4th place World Poker Tour Five-Diamond World Poker Classic finish, a 5th place finish in the Professional Poker Tour and a 2nd place finish in the WSOP circuit at the Rio. Despite the scary situation, she returned to the game perhaps better than ever.
After the surgery, Harman founded the Creating Organ Donation Awareness organization as a non-profit to raise money for the cause. She’s also worked money for the National Kidney Foundation. Her philanthropic ways also had her as a major fundraiser for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA). She raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to this charity.
Harman has twin boys that she had with stylist and professional poker player Marco Traniello, although the couple has since divorced.
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