Poker Prodigy Christian Harder Talks WSOP And Black Friday

Poker tournament specialist Christian  “charder30” Harder had been studying business at Salisbury University in his native Maryland, when he first started playing poker online.
The young US pro has since gone on to rack up an impressive $2,614,534 in online earnings, but has been equally as successful in the live arena having notched up $1,866,301 from live tournaments.
Being able to play to a high standard in both areas of the game has been a major boon for Christian Harder, who could have seen his livelihood disappear after the US Department Of Justice went all out on their anti-online poker crusade on 15th April.
Luckily, Harder has smoothly made the transition to full time live poker and as he explains:
“I definitely feel bad for kids like that who have no experience and probably have most of their money tied up. It doubly hurts. Luckily I enjoy live poker and I’ve played a lot of it. I’ve almost been playing all live poker in the last six months anyways.”
However, following Black Friday Christian Harder had to sweat a while to see if his bankroll tied up on the two biggest poker sites would still be safe.
“I was in shock. I guess I kind of expected it to come in the future but for it to happen so quickly and so all of a sudden. Things literally unraveled in a matter of hours. It was quite a shock because there was no warning,” he said.
Luckily, Christian “charder30” Harder had his funds tied up on PokerStars returned, and the money he currently has frozen on Full Tilt is negligible compared to some of his friends.
Therefore, all things considered the young poker pro has continued to adapt and flourish in his chosen career and has even managed to cash three times at WSOP 2011 for $155,201.
Furthermore, Harder has made it through to Day 3 of the 2011 Main Event with a solid stack of 135,600 chips and will now be hoping for further accolades to come at this year’s prestigious event.

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