2013 WSOP: Breakout Female Player

July 8, 2013

There has been a rise in female success stories at the WSOP over the past few years, and Loni Harwood is a female young gun who has proven time and time again that women can play poker just as well as men. Harwood, 23, hails from New York and has made an impressive mark on this year’s series. She made three final tables this year alone and finally bagged a gold bracelet, making WSOP history.

Among 2,500 players in the last NLH event this year, she managed to break last year’s Allyn Jaffrey Shulman’s record, who had until held the record for the highest sum won by a woman (Senior’s Event). With a paycheck totaling more than $600,000, Harwood is only second to the largest winning woman in the WSOPE, Annette Obrestad. Furthermore, Harwood, who had no WSOP earnings at the start of this year’s WSOP, is now 8th for all-time money winners in WSOP history with a whopping total of $874,698 in total WSOP winnings, in just this year alone. She also now holds the record for the most money won at a single WSOP by a female.

Harwood, who is also a regular on the WSOP circuit, is one of many Circuit regulars who have won a first place title this summer. Bryan Campanello and Jonathan Taylor have also won gold bracelets and have frequented the Circuit this year. And if that wasn’t enough, Harwood is only the fourth player to make three final tables in one WSOP, tying her with Cyndy Violette (2005) for the most final tables by a female in one year. She also became the second woman do win an open-field NLH event since Annette Obrestad, the second being Dana Castenada, who completed the feat only days before Harwood.

She is now in the running for WSOP player of the year. Her performance has put her third in line behind Daniel Negreanu (2nd) and Matthew Ashton (1st).

Harwwod won her first gold bracelet in a showdown against Canadian player Yongshuo Zheng, who could have been the next Chris Moneymaker after winning his seat online at a Canadian poker site. Though he didn’t win the bracelet, he took home a rather decent consolation prize totaling $378,607.


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