Jennifer Harman Interview Published December 19, 2005
Intro by Eric Sprague:
Some of our forum members helped put together the questions below. Hopefully you'll enjoy the questions and answers!
FTR - Rondavu:
1. Word is you are one of the best in terms of reading people at the poker table. Do you feel you hold an advantage in this area over other players? Can you maybe tell us one thing you look for against inexperienced players that can be taken advantage of?
I’m not sure if there is one tip that you can give on how to read players. I would suggest to really pay attention to your opponents in the game. Even when you are not in the hand, it’s important to pay attention. Betting patterns and body language will tell you a lot.
FTR - dwarfman:
2. Jennifer, do you feel that the women's poker scene becoming rapidly more popular, and if so do you think poker will become a much less male-dominated sport in the future and that we will have many more female WSOP champions to come?
I was walking through the poker room the other day at the Bellagio and was surprised to see that there was at least one woman at almost every table. Women are definitely getting involved more.
FTR - Trikflow77:
3. What is your position on the direction of the WSOP? Do you think the buy in should be higher?
I used to think that the buy in should stay the same. The more the merrier. Now I’m not so sure. If it keeps growing like it is, it might take 2 or 3 weeks to finish the main event. I just don’t think that it is very healthy for the players to sit for so many hours and days.
FTR - gabe:
4. Word is your best poker game is limit holdem, but which poker game is your worst?
My worst game is 7 card stud. I tell people that I could buy a house with all the bets I’ve missed on 7th street.
FTR - gabe:
5. Are there players you try to avoid playing pots with in limit hold'em? in no limit hold'em? in stud? in omaha?
I don’t avoid playing pots with anybody. If they are better than me, I’m up for the challenge.
FTR - Fnord:
6. Short-handed LHE game. Aggressive, aware Button opens and you call from the big blind. Is it ever correct to lead the flop? If you believe it's almost never correct to lead the flop, should we check in the dark in a live game?
I believe you should play the big blind all different ways. Sometimes you can check raise, other times lead out. Sometimes it’s good to lead out with top pair and other times you can check raise with. Just this simple thing can bring unpredictability to your game.
FTR - Fnord:
7. Any pointers for building a strong Heads-up LHE game?
It’s much better to be more aggressive in heads up Limit hold-em than passive. Your Ace rags and small pairs go up in value in heads up.
FTR - drmcboy:
8. Would you play in a 100K buy in event to start the WSOP as suggested by Cardplayer - keeping the main event at 10k? How many entries do you think we would see?
I’m not sure if I would play in a 100K event. It depends I guess on how many entries and who entered.
FTR - drmcboy:
9. When we see players watching the final tables at the WPT/WSOP etc. and they are REALLY excited about someone winning or losing a big pot, how often is it because:
A) They are good friends with someone at the table
B) They bought a piece/staked a person at the table
When somebody is excited watching the WPT or WSOP it means they are usually friends with the person or maybe they just like the person and are rooting for them.
FTR - SmackinYaUp:
10. I'm curious if you feel that the poker boom is due for a sudden end and if it is, will professional players still be able to find good games/make a living? same thing for online?
If the poker boom came to a sudden end, I still feel there would be cash games where pros could make a living.
11. You have done a great job getting back into poker after the kidney transplant. What advice do you have for other folks getting back into poker after medical situations?
I don’t think that there is any advice you can give after a medical situation. All I can say is that if you eat well and take care of yourself, you are going to play better poker.
12. Favorite restaurant, favorite type of music, hobbies, anything else you'd like to share with the public?
Favorite restaurant is Christy Hill in Lake Tahoe. I like mostly all music and love to torture my husband by singing Christmas Songs. My hobbies are snow and water skiing, hiking, and watching movies.
FTR is thankful that Jennifer was able to set aside some time to answer our questions!
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