Jennifer Harman has posted a very controversial tweet accusing the sisterhood of being too sensitive at the poker table. The two-time WSOP gold bracelet winner isn’t an active poster on social media but feels so strongly about recent discussion along these lines that she had to speak out.
I am not degrading women at all when I said women are too sensitive at the poker table. I’m just saying don’t play the victim. Don’t buy into all the crap. Can’t control what other people do. Can only control what you do. Play tough and have fun!!!
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) June 20, 2021
Jennifer Harman Thinks Women Are Too Sensitive at the Poker Table
And now it appears there is some kind of a movement beginning to form to eradicate any form of behaviour that might be offensive to women when arguably there isn’t a problem specific to poker.
The first reply to Harman’s tweet immediately argues that this movement is only advocating for a better world both on and off the felt.
She also makes a pointed comment towards Harman about how lucky she is for this not to be a problem for her and reminds her that it is for many female players.
Daniel Negreanu Stands Up for Jennifer Harman
Daniel Negreanu is known for expressing his opinion quickly and points out that Jennifer Harman “has endured more sexism and hostility at the poker table than any other women in the world and it’s not close.“
Interestingly, Todd Brunson replies that the very fact that Harman posted this tweet proves that she is over-sensitive. The pair were romantically linked many years ago and it isn’t; clear if Brunson is trolling or not.
I feel this whole thing about women and men in poker is stupid. Everyone should be treated like human beings. Men walking around on eggshells, women too sensitive. Just play poker, have fun, and shuffle up and deal. See you @WSOP
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) June 18, 2021
The above tweet is hard to disagree with, and is what most poker players are probably thinking anyway. If everyone just got on with playing the game of poker then there wouldn’t be any of this.
Many of the replies appear to have been posted by women and mostly say the same thing: there isn’t a sexism problem in poker and gender shouldn’t mean anything in a game where it’s not relevant.
Two posts state that for playing careers of 40 and 25 years these women have never been harassed and were always treated based on how they themselves acted.
“Jennifer’s words are spot on!”
“Jennifer’s words are spot on! I’ve been playing casino poker for 40 years and have never experienced a moment of harassment, probably because I don’t filter men’s comments or actions as a threat. I just enjoy the challenge.“
“I’ve played poker with men for 25 years, and they will treat you depending on how you act, and what you are willing to put up with. …The whole thing has gotten out of hand, just respect the game and play.”
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