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This summer Loni Harwood absolutely crushed the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. She made three final tables including her first WSOP bracelet win. Now Harwood is in Paris competing at the 2013 WSOP Europe and we caught her on camera to get to know her a bit better. It turns out she was first exposed to poker by her father who was a professional himself. After finishing college Loni decided to follow in her father's footsteps and even though her career has only begun she's already had huge success.
My name is Loni Harwood and I'm from Staten Island, New York. And the way I got into poker was that my dad was a professional poker player, and I used to watch him play online, and I saw how much money he made and I wanted to do the same thing.
My parents were very supportive of me in everything that I've done but they weren't very happy with my decision to play poker. They wanted to make sure that I finished college. So I graduated college and then decided I was going to go with poker and now they support me obviously.
I actually started playing poker in January of last year. That's when I moved to Florida, and I started grinding 2/5 cash. I went to the West Palm Beach circuit in February and that's when I won a tournament there and pretty much started my bankroll off right away. So I actually got lucky right away but then went through a couple of rough patches and realized that it's not as easy as it seemed.
It was actually really awesome this summer, the success that I had. And I was very happy making one final table and obviously just ecstatic to make three and then to obviously win in the end.
Phil Hellmuth, yeah, I think it's pretty hilarious that he came up to me and he congratulated me. He's on my table right now just talking away. And he's running pretty bad, so he's just complaining after every hand so it's hilarious. What you see on TV is actually what you actually play with. Obviously, people will you know "Oh, the girl got lucky. There's no way a girl is good enough to win a bracelet," but I've had a lot of success and a lot of people that supported me through it and my family obviously. They supported me from the beginning. My brother also, my brother is my best friend and he's my biggest supporter, and I actually won the bracelet on his birthday so it was really awesome.