Hanging with Harman

Jennifer Harman
Jennifer Harman, Event 3, No-Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event - Day 1a, World Series of Poker Europe

The world's best female poker player is Jennifer Harman.

That is, perhaps, up for debate but most people would definitely put her in the Top 5. Heck there are quite a few players who would put her in the Top 10 regardless of sex.

Harman proved once again why she is ranked so highly when she waded through an absolutely stacked field in the very first event of the WSOPE and reached the final table. She found herself down to just $90,000 in chips at one point but managed to fight her way all the way back to the chip lead.

Harman lost to German online poker pro Thomas Bihl in heartbreaking fashion. With the audience full of her friends and family she got up to a 9-2 chip lead but then suddenly saw her fortunes reverse and after hours of play she finally busted.

Despite this, Harman seemed in good spirits for the first day of the Main Event in London. She was one of the chip leaders throughout the day and she spoke with PokerListings.com during the first level break.

How is your day going out there?

My day is going good. I have about $32,000 in chips and I'm just trying to stay focused.

It looks like you've got yourself another tough table with both Andy Bloch and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson playing.

Well my first table in the H.O.R.S.E. event was really tough. There were like six pros at the table [including Phil Hellmuth, Tony G, Jeff Madsen and more] but it was really fun because everybody was talking and enjoying themselves. It's the same thing. The social life is great at my table.

It definitely seems like you haven't had any easy tables at the WSOPE thus far.

Well there's a lot of tough players here. You just have to be good at playing in all situations. You play with good players and sometimes you play with great players. That's just how poker is. You just have to focus, not play horribly and there's a chance you can do well.

Harman vs. Bihl.

You played a marathon final table in the first event and ended up losing to Thomas Bihl. Now that you've had a day or two to think about it how are you feeling about your second-place finish?

Well it sucks. [Laughs] When you get that close to winning a bracelet, the first one ever up for grabs in London, and all the history behind the bracelets and all that kind of stuff put together [...] it makes it really hard to come in second. It's cruel because you made it through so many people and you did really well in the event. I would have loved to win the first bracelet ever awarded here in London. It just wasn't in the cards. I can't cry over it. It's in the past now.

final table
H.O.R.S.E. final table

What do you think of the WSOPE so far? Have you enjoyed it?

I've enjoyed this tournament a lot and I've enjoyed London. It's a great tournament and Jack Effel is doing an unbelievable job as tournament director. The dealers and the floor are all doing a great job as well.

Jennifer Harman
Jennifer Harman

Do you think the bracelets awarded count as actual WSOP bracelets? Are they the same thing?

I think maybe the bracelets here might actually be a little harder to win because there are a lot of tough players that are here to compete. I think it counts just the same.

Where will we see you playing poker next?

I'm not sure. Oh wait, I'm going to Germany to do a Full Tilt promotional in the beginning of October and then I might stick around for the WPT Barcelona. I don't think I can be away from my kids for that long though.

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After the interview Jennifer Harman went back to the poker table and continued her winning ways. She finished with day with $44,000 in chips which was good enough for 20th in the chip ranks. Perhaps a bracelet in London is still not out of the question for the former waitress from Reno.

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