Known primarily as a cash game player, Jennifer Harman Traniello is not a bad tournament player either. Given that she is the only female poker player to hold two WSOP titles in open events to day, that is probably a huge understatement.
She was born in 1964 in Reno, Nevada and started playing poker at an extremely young age. Her decision to become a professional poker player didn’t go down well with her father, with whom she had no contact for several years on account of this issue.
Another major problem in her life was a health-related one: she inherited a kidney condition from her mother (who died as a result of the same illness). The problem had bothered her since childhood until she took a break from poker in 2004 to address the issue though a transplant. After her second kidney transplant, she founded CODA, an organization aimed at raising money and awareness linked to organ donation.
Her early poker career was full of struggles, though she never lost focus and kept her eyes on the prize. Her persistence paid huge dividends in 2000, when she took down her first WSOP bracelet in the NL Deuce to Seven Lowball event, a poker variant which she had never played before. All her Deuce to Seven Lowball training came from Howard Lederer, in the form of a 5–minute pep-talk like crash course. That win earned her $146,250.
Her second WSOP bracelet came in 2002, in the $5,000 Limit Holdem event in which she bested players like Mimi Tran, Allen Cunningham and Humberto Brenes. This bracelet came accompanies by a cash prize of $212,440.
After she returned to the circuit following her successful kidney transplant, she clinched 4th place in the WPT’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic, a 5th place in the PPTs inaugural event and a 2nd position in the WSOP’ Circuit Championship hosted by the Rio.
A recognized authority in Limit Holdem, Jennifer Harman contributed the chapter on Limit Holdem to Doyle Brunson’s Super System II.
Her cash game skills were put to use by the Corporation, a group of professional poker players hell-bent on felting millionaire Andy Beal in a $100k-200k cash game.
Her husband, Marco Traniello, a former hair stylist, is now a professional poker player himself.
Jennifer appeared on High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark as well and took second place in the first ever WSOP Europe event.