Jennifer C. Harman was birthed on November 29, 1964. She is a professional poker player and an American citizen by birth. She currently holds a record of winning two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in open events, making her the only woman among four others to have achieved such.
At the age of 8, Jennifer Harman began learning about poker as she often follows her father to watch him play. She later picked interest in the game and started playing alongside her dad, and within a short period, she was able to win back her father’s numerous losses.
Jennifer was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, which later on required that she do a kidney transplant. With all these challenges, she was still able to follow her passion.
After her recovery, she was back again to school with more zeal and readiness to learn a strategy to improve on her skills.
As she turned 16th years of age, she made a fake ID, which afforded her the freedom to play whenever and however she desired.
Harman was at a time happily married to Marco Traniello, who was a professional poker player as well. Their union birthed two adorable twin boys. She is divorced from her husband and unmarried. She got married in the year 2000.
She currently shares joint custody with her him, where they both get to have their kids on alternating weeks. Harman is a single mom, doing school runs for her kids, but she normally returns to playing poker when the kids go to be with their father. Jennifer Harman is truly and without a doubt the leading lady in a poker game. She stands as a source of inspiration to many women desiring a career in the world of poker.
How she played confidently in a space majorly dominated by men is pure proof of her passion. She was able to forge her path, and the world can say that she is truly a contender in the world of poker games.
Jennifer is a graduate of biology, and after her degree, she moved to LA and became a bartender in a hotel. Barely after a week of working, had she quit her job just after she was introduced to Bicycle Casino. This was the time that she decided to go full time into poker playing and began to play professionally. Her choice of career was not completely influenced by her dad as believed, but her zeal was.
Over two years of playing at LA, she decided to give it up and was working towards opening her own business. Her entrepreneurship skill did not payout as she expected, leading to bankruptcy and all her high hopes cut short.
A friend of hers gave her a loan, and with that, she returned to poker as a professional player. She joined the Vegas gambling scene to enable her to pursue her passion. For years, she stuck to mid-limit games, and gradually progressed from “$50 and $100 games to $200 and $400 games.”
- $5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw winning $146,250 in 2000.
- World Poker Tour winning $299,492 in 2004
- WSOP Circuit Event winning $383,840 in 2005
- $10K Bay 101 Shooting Stars Championship winning $330,000 in 2008
- $1,500 WSOP winning $3,862 in 2019
- $1,500 Winning – 8 Game Mix Six Max “WSOP “ $4,015 in 2019
- $10,000 H.O.R.S.E WSOP winning $17,826 in 2019.
She is the author of the limit hold’em chapter for Super System II. However, Harman remains the only woman with total live tournament winnings of over $2,700,000. $1,022,174 of the total money she won was from cash at the WSOP. Although she had recorded success in a poker tournament, most of her wealth came through by playing high stakes cash games. Her net worth is currently $50 million.