Behind her small (aka petite) frame, cute face, and winning personality lies a merciless poker player. Some might say that the sandy blonde Jennifer Harman is too old to be considered “red hot” particularly compared to all the other females on the scene, but there’s nothing dull about this “mature” poker babe (some might even whisper the word “cougar”).
Jen, or to give her full name, Jennifer C. Harman-Traniello was born on November 29, 1964, over in Reno, Nevada and is now one of the most renowned American professional poker player. Sexy Harman is the only woman who has a regular place at the “Big Game”, the high-stakes cash game at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.
Jennifer started playing in 1972 at the tender age of eight (for those of you who can’t do maths). Unlike other little girls concentrating on co-ordinating ken with Barbie, young Jennifer Harman was trying to convince her cousins and friends to play poker with her and by the time she was 13 she was regularly beating her father’s poker pals and by the age of 16, she was bluffing her way into casinos and buying (naughty!) into cash games at the poker room. There’s nothing special about eight, 13 and 16 year olds playing cards yet Jennifer didn’t go juvenile pro, instead she attended and later graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in Biology.
There’s no denying, by anyone who’s seen Harman in her prime that she was a 100% classic beauty, but it’s not the years that have taken their toll on her, it’s the fact that her abilities on the poker table tend to overshadow and outshine her looks.
Harman broke her World Series of Poker duck by winning a bracelet in 2000 at the prestigious No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball Event (at a final table that also included Lyle Berman and Steve Zolotow). Believe it or not Jenifer Harman had never played that game prior, but received a (one presumes intense) five-minute tutoring session from Howard Lederer before playing sitting down.
Never one to hang around Jenifer Harman won her second WSOP bracelet in 2002 at the $5K Limit Hold ’em event (going up against Mimi Tran, Humberto Brenes, and Allen Cunningham). This made Jenifer the first woman to hold two bracelets in WSOP open events, she was soon joined by Vanessa Selbst in 2012.
At the risk of annoying her, I’d have to say that Harman’s womanly ways have played a big part in her success. But Harman herself will likely disagree with me, the blonde beauty reckons that ‘sex’ is irrelevant at the poker table (BLUFF!).