Christian Harder

Consistency is key to having a long and successful career on poker, and that is something Christian Harder has proven time and time again.

Consistency is key to having a long and successful career on poker, and that is something Christian Harder has proven time and time again. Harder has not yet taken out a major live poker event – He does not hold a WSOP Gold Bracelet, nor does he have a European Poker Tour (EPT) or World Poker Tour (WPT) title on his poker resume.

However, his constant strong play and online poker presence has resulted in Harder becoming a well-respected among players and fans in the poker community. The Maryland-born native made his presence in the poker world felt almost immediately after beginning his professional career, when he finished in seventh place in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event back in January 2008.

Later in the same month, Harder followed up his Caribbean Adventure performance with another final table finish; this time it was at the EPT Dortmund Main Event in Germany. He would take home his largest ever live poker tournament earnings in his career to date, which came after Harder came fourth in the $25,000 WPT Seventh Annual Five Start World Poker Classic Championship event. Harder won US$571,965 for his solid play at the event, and boosted his profile significantly as a result.

He made his WSOP debut just a few months later, where he went in the money in two different events (he also went in the money in a WSOP Europe event later in 2009). A win in the $5,000 No Limit event at the Bellagio Cup, for which he took home US$200,000, also further cemented Harder as an emerging force in poker.

Harder returned to the WSOP in 2010, where he improved his overall tally to seven in the money finishes, which included a 100th place finish in the Main Event. It was unknown to anyone at the time, but that finish would be the start of a streak replicated by few other poker players, as Harder went on to place in the money in all WSOP Main Events between 2010 and 2013.

That feat has been beaten by only one player – Ronnie Bardah (who has five consecutive places), and matched by one other player, Swedish poker legend Chris Björin. His success has not only been limited to WSOP Main Events. In total, Harder currently has a combined 50 in the money finishes at the WSOP, EPT and WPT, which has helped him achieve total live poker earnings of nearly US$3.6 million.

As if Harder’s successful live poker career was not enough, he has also had a successful career in online poker. He has over US$1.5 million in total online poker earnings, which includes a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet.

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