2013 was the year Loni Harwood broke into the mainstream poker scene after capturing a WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 NLH Event and topping a field of 2,541 players. She final tabled 3 events and cashed in 6 events overall. Last year the popular pro was not able to complete the WSOP as she headed back to be with her mother, who sadly passed away in the summer.
In an interview with PokerWomenNews earlier this year, Harwood talked about her expectations for the 2015 WSOP: “My goal is to finish the summer in the green. I’m going in with confidence and the most optimistic feeling that I could win another bracelet. I guess we will just have to see”.
Loni Harwood only needed to register her first event – the $3,000 Shootout No-Limit Hold’em – before her confidence and determination paid off. After winning her first table on Thursday and advancing to Day 2 with 40 other players, Harwood went on to win her second table today. As opposed to Day 1 where the players were seated at 10-handed tables, the event continued 4-handed on Day 2.
Besides Harwood plenty of notables had made it to day 2, including Doug Polk, the actor James Wood and the former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Cada and Carlos Mortensen. Harwood got the pleasure of playing with bracelet winner Jason Somerville, poker pro Nathan Tuthill and poker player and trader Jeremy Wein.
Jeremy Wein was the first player to be eliminated, but it took several hours of play to get to three-handed action. A short stacked Wein moved all in with his remaining 62,000 in chips after a raise from Tuthill under the gun. Tuthill called with a pair of tens and Wein was not able to improve with his .
Three-handed it did not take more than around an hour before it was all over. The action started with Harwood raising from the button. Somerville moved all in from the small blind and Tuthill re-shoved from the big blind. Harwood, who had both players covered, called and was way ahead with her versus Somerville’s and Tuthill’s . On a flop of both Harwood and Tuthill made at set and when the turn and river bricked Harwood secured herself a place at the 10-handed final table on Saturday.
PokerWomenNews wishes Harwood the very best of luck, and with the determination and drive to win Harwood has shown, she must be considered as one of the favorites to capture the gold bracelet on Saturday. In her own word:
Let's fuckin go. See ya at the final table of the 3k
— Loni Harwood (@Luscious_Lon) May 30, 2015