Beautiful Maria Ho is a gorgeous professional poker player, currently ranked 13th in the world according to total earnings, was born in Taiwan but grew up in the good old US. It was while at college in the US that she learnt her poker. Come graduation time she had developed her bankroll to a sufficient size to turn pro and stepped up from low limits to high stakes. Before poker, she was very interested in the performing arts, playing piano, and violin not to mention dancing to a high standard. Hey girl’s gotta do something to cool down after a hard session. And Maria works hard.
Wherever she got her work ethic from its done her proud as she steadily worked her way up the stakes from $3/$6 to $800/$1600 at the Commerce Casino in her native Los Angeles. Maria soon caught the eye of US sportsbook Bodog, but that relationship didn’t last long and she soon hooked up with close poker pal Tiffany Michelle at UB Poker. Imaginations run riot when you think of the pair of them on the same table.
Maria has been in the news recently when she signed with WinStar World Casino on their pro team and she will be appearing in ad campaigns for the casino. “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to work with WinStar. Their casino is like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” The husky beauty said, “I could stay there for days without ever stepping outside! From past experience, I’m looking forward to spending even more time there,” said Maria Ho.
For their part, a smug looking World casino said “We are honoured to have Maria Ho represent WinStar World Casino in the 2011 Guaranteed $3,000,000 River Poker Series. She is a well-respected and often emulated poker player who we feel will be relatable to our patrons and to players across the nation.”
A few years back at t the World Series of Poker in 2007, Maria became the Last Woman Standing, finishing 38th out of over six thousand players, pocketing a tidy $237,865on the way. It’s not just Poker tough as in 2008; she travelled to Hong Kong for the World Mah-jong Tour, going head to head with celebrities and professional Mah-jong players. But it was poker that had won her heart, and she’s been sharpening her skills ever since. In 2009, she narrowly missed the final table coming 11th at the $10K Limit Hold ’em Championship for $41k. Then in 2010 she had her most consistent year, as she scooped three WSOP cashes and a 10th place at the $10k WPT Bellagio Cup VI. In 2010, she played as a member of Team China in the Inaugural World Team Poker Invitational and helping them secures a 1st place victory. In the 2011 WSOP, she finished second in Event 4, a $5,000 No-Limit Hold ’em game, barely missing out on a bracelet in a heads up, but she’s still won the biggest prize a woman has won at WSOP to date – $540,000. “I always have high expectations for the World Series but this year felt different,” she said, reflecting on her biggest win. This gorgeous gal is really on a heater that doesn’t show any signs of cooling down. “In the last seven months I’ve made three final tables in pretty major events so I came into this WSOP with my confidence at an all-time high,” she continued.
Looking much too hot to stay off TV Ho, made a foray into poker showbiz and reporting, featuring as a hostess and commentator for the WSOP and ESPN 360. Not to mention noteworthy appearances in The Amazing Race on CBS, and American Idol.
Long may she continue to rake in the chips.