History Made in Event #60 With Loni Harwood’s WinWednesday, July 10th, 2013 by Ryan
While it’s important to note that the 2013 World Series of Poker is officially underway, there is definitely plenty of action going on out in Las Vegas that is worth talking about, and one of the most recent stories is one that we definitely have to write about. Day 1B of the World Series of Poker Main Event featured a tribute to the incredible Doyle Brunson. There was a bronze bust of Brunson, and also him doing the honorary “Shuffle Up and Deal” before he took his seat to play in the Main Event. If you remember, he did state before this series that he was retiring from tournament poker, but the Main Event can be a tough one one to turn down. While this was definitely great to watch, it was the finish of one of the other events that drew a whole lot of attention.
The reason why the attention was turned to Event #60 is because of the fact that it was a win by Loni Harwood, which was her first gold bracelet, but also the second open-event bracelet by a female at the 2013 World Series of Poker. It was a slow start to the World Series of Poker for the ladies, but they turned it around, and this was the first time since back in 2004 that two women had won open-event gold bracelets since back in 2004. In 2004 we saw Annie Duke, Cyndi Viollete, and Kathy Liebert all win gold bracelets that year. This year the two bracelets were won down the home stretch of the series, as Dana Castaneda won Event #54, and Harwood was able to take down Event #60.
This wasn’t the first time in the World Series that we had read Harwood’s name though, as she has had a very, very strong WSOP to this point. In total she has three final tables, six cashes, and of course the gold bracelet. This is probably one of the best all-around World Series’ of Poker that I’ve seen from a woman, and the three final tables that she pulled in match the record that Viollete set in 2005. She pulled in finishes of 2nd, 7th, and 7th on her way to five cashes that year. For Harwood’s three final tables that she’s made it to, she has finished in 1st, 4th, and 6th, which is quite a 2013 WSOP resume.
To top all of this off, Harwood is actually sitting right near the top of the WSOP Player of the Year race, as she is sitting in 3rd place. She still has a bit of work to do in order to catch up to Matthew Ashton and Daniel Negreanu, but it’ll be fun to watch and see if she’ll be able to continue her push to the top of the rankings.
Harwood is currently only 23 years old, but she has been a big player on the WSOP Circuit over the past year or so. She has mainly been playing the events that are held in the south, and she has won two World Series of Poker Circuit rings during that span. Back in February of 2012 she won the $345 Hold’em Event at the WSOPC Palm Beach Kennel Club series. This was a win that was worth $30k, and then back in May of 2012 she won the $355 event at the WSOPC New Orleans series, which brought in a pay day of $23k. Overall after the wins and cashes at the 2013 WSOP, she has actually won nearly $1 million in live tournament earnings. So far this year at the World Series she has won nearly $850k through her cashes.
Her first place finish in Event #60 brought in a pay day of $609,017, and she beat out Yongshuo Zheng for the win during the heads up match. Rounding out the final table we had Mika Paasonen in third, Yngve Steen in fourth, Asi Moshe in fifth, Daniel Cascado in sixth, Cy Williams in seventh, Bijon Notash in eight, and Hiren “Sunny” Patel in ninth. We’ll keep you updated on Harwood throughout the rest of the series, but also through the Player of the Year race as well!