Jennifer HarmanSun, 15 Jun 2008 14:29
A poker biography of Jennifer Harman.
Name - Jennifer Harman
Born - Reno, Nevada, United StatesPoker Room - Full Tilt Poker
The top ranks of poker players have always been dominated by men. Although rapidly climbing their way to the top, top-ranking female poker players are still considered a rarity. Among these select few is Jennifer Harman, a leading player in the world's largest side action game.
A graduate of the University of Reno, Harman is currently a professional poker player. Her successful relationship with the game of poker began when she was just an eight-year-old observing her father's game. In the many times that her father would lose two to three hundred, she was put in the game in the attempt to get even with his friends who were his playmates. And her father made no mistake of putting her in as she won most of the time.
It was when she turned 21 that she started playing poker professionally. By playing games with increasing limits, she was able to gradually work her way to the top. Despite her huge winnings, she has remained disciplined with her spending and investing styles thus maintaining her hefty bankroll.
Despite having success in tournament plays that some can only achieve in their wildest dreams, Harman prefers cash games. She is often included in the list of players in the world's largest live-action game in Las Vegas. She prefers cash games because decisions are based on play of hands and opponent estimations whereas in tournaments, one has to consider several factors in coming up with a single decision such as marginal situations and chip conservation. Even though she has earned quite a reputation by being a cash game specialist, Harman has remained interested and respectful of tournament plays primarily because it has made the game mainstream and openined up more doors for poker players. She is in fact thrilled with the fact that from being a game played in the kitchen table, poker is now a game available in television.
Her success can be attributed to the fact that she constantly seeks ways to learn fresh ideas about poker. Moreover, she enjoys challenging matches with the champions in the field, seeing these as learning experiences. As a matter of fact, she prepared for an unfamiliar alternative poker game by watching the games several times before actually playing. Prior to the tournament, she had tutorials from a pro. This careful albeit simple preparation technique proves to be really beneficial as she has several winnings under her belt.
Harman's gender appears to be the reason why some patronize her. She actually sees this as an advantage as most men perceive women as poor poker players. Because of this, male players often try to bluff their cash on her to no avail as she proves to be excellent in spotting bluffs. The world of poker is still dominated by men thus earning respect of other players may prove to be difficult. This is actually something she is not too concerned about as she is perfectly okay with the respect given to her by husband Mario Traniello and her close friends. Indeed, hard-working players like her are a gem in the poker industry.