Maria Ho

Maria Ho

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Maria Ho
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Maria Ho (2011)
Nickname(s) None
Residence Arcadia, California, U.S.
Born March 6, 1983 (1983-03-06) (age 35)
Taipei, Taiwan
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Final table(s) 4
Money finish(es) 52[1]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
38th, 2007
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 7[2]
Information accurate as of 15 October 2018.

Maria Ho (born March 6, 1983 in Taipei, Taiwan[3]) is a Taiwanese American poker player, television personality and host. One of the top ranked female poker players in the world, her accolades include being a 3-time Bluff Reader’s Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Female Poker Player, an American Poker Awards nominee, competing as the only all-female team on the 15th season of The Amazing Race, and a 2018 inductee into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (being inducted the first year she was eligible and nominated).[4]

Ho has amassed over $2,900,000 in live tournament winnings, which includes 54 WSOP cashes, 4 World Series of Poker final tables (and 1 WSOP Circuit final table), 7 WPT cashes, 1 World Poker Tour final table and multiple additional final tables on the professional poker circuit.[5]

As a television host and commentator she has been seen on shows such as the NBC Sports Super High Roller Bowl, CBS Sports The Final Table,[6] season 9 and 10 of the Heartland Poker Tour, and most recently as a break desk commentator on ESPN’s 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event coverage. Maria is also the celebrity spokesperson for the WinStar World Casino,[7] host of the Battle of Malta poker tournament[8] and an Amazon eSports ambassador and live tournament series host[9]

In 2009, Ho competed on the CBS Emmy Award winning television show The Amazing Race 15 with best friend and fellow poker pro Tiffany Michelle.[10] She has also been seen on the third season of American Idol (where she made it to “Hollywood Week”), as a panelist on Anderson Cooper 360,[11] and for two consecutive seasons as a featured player on the World Poker Tour’s “Ones to Watch” (in 2011 and 2012).[12]

Maria Ho has received invitations to play in various types of games all over the world. In 2008, she traveled to Hong Kong to play in the World Mahjong Tour, going head to head with various Chinese and Taiwanese celebrities and professional Mahjong players.[13] She played for two consecutive years as a member of Team China in the Inaugural World Team Poker Invitational, helping her team secure a 1st Place victory in 2010.[14] In 2014, Ho replaced Kara Scott as the Battle of Malta poker tournament host.[15] In 2016, Ho was named one of 12 Team Managers (for Team LA Sunsets) in the inaugural season of the Global Poker League,[16] notably drafting Emmy winning actor Aaron Paul as one of her Wild Card picks,[17] as well as coaching her team to the championship match.

Early life[edit]

Fluent in Mandarin and born into a traditional Chinese (Cantonese) family, Maria is a younger sister of media personality and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Judy Ho. Maria’s family moved from Taiwan to the United States when she was four years old, eventually settling just outside Los Angeles in Arcadia, California.

Ho started playing poker in college.[18] She was drawn to the psychology and competitive spirit of the game and soon went from playing games with college friends to playing limit cash games at nearby Indian casinos.[19] She was introduced to the game by fraternity brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon, when she became affiliated with the fraternity through their Lambda Lil Sis program. When Maria graduated from UCSD in 2005, with a major in Communications and a minor in Law, she had gone from playing low limits to high-stakes cash games and had grown her poker bankroll to the point that she felt confident to embark on a career as a professional poker player.[3]

World Series of Poker[edit]

Maria Ho playing at the 2007 World Series

Maria’s first major tournament success came at the 2007 World Series of Poker where she was the last woman remaining in the Championship Event, placing 38th out of 6,358 players and earning a $237,865 payday. She repeated this accomplishment in 2014, when she came in 77th place out of 6,683 players. Her 27th place “Last Woman Standing” finish at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event[20] along with a 2017 6th place final table finish[21] makes Maria the only player to ever hold the title Last Woman Standing four times over and at both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events.

At the 2012 World Series of Poker, Ho was the Most-Cashing Female of the series, with six individual tournament cashes.[22] She repeated this feat at the 2014 WSOP with a total of eight cashes.[23]

Host and Commentator[edit]

In 2013, Maria joined the Heartland Poker Tour season 9 broadcast team, as a co-host and strategic commentator.[24] She was the first female in history to be hired to a poker television broadcast as the resident strategic commentator.[25] She remained with the production for two years[26] until she signed on as co-host and commentator of The Final Table, presented by Rush Street Productions (creators of Poker Night in America).[27] In 2017, she took on the role of sideline reporter for NBC Sports Super High Roller Bowl, as well as commentated at ESPN’s World Series of Poker Main Event break desk.

Beyond the poker tables, Maria works as a host and commentator, as a private coach, and as writer for several poker publications – which include authoring a chapter in the book Winning Women of Poker: Secret Strategies Revealed[28] and as a columnist for Bluff Magazine (from 2011-2015).

Maria co-hosted the PCA 2018 Poker Championship event, held in the Caribbean, in January 2018.[citation needed]

Actress (1 credit)
 2013 Breaking Up and Away (Short)
Kate (as Maria T. Ho)

Self (23 credits)
 2018 Gardens Poker Night (TV Series)
Herself

Women in Poker Hall of Fame Night (2018) … Herself
 2018 Poker Night Live (TV Series)
Herself

Industry Moguls Night (2018) … Herself
 2016-2017 Poker Night in America (TV Series)
Herself

Heckmuth (2017) … Herself
P.O.W. (2017) … Herself
Face Up with Jennifer Tilly (2017) … Herself
Favorite Poker Ho (2017) … Herself
Money Buys Happiness (2017) … Herself
 2017 Focused (TV Series)
Herself

World Poker Tour (2017) … Herself
 2017 Explain Things to Me (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Maria Ho (2017) … Herself – Guest
 2016 The Final Table (TV Series)
Herself – Co-Host and Commentator

Phil Is Eggsecuted (2016) … Herself – Co-Host and Commentator
No Eggscuses (2016) … Herself – Co-Host and Commentator
Pilot (2016) … Herself – Co-Host and Commentator
The Raw End of the Deal (2016) … Herself – Co-Host and Commentator
 2010-2016 World Poker Tour (TV Series)
Herself

Bay 101 Shooting Star: Part 3 (2016) … Herself
Bay 101 Shooting Star: Part 2 (2016) … Herself
Bay 101 Shooting Star: Part 1 (2016) … Herself
Bay 101 Shooting Star: Part 1 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Southern Poker Championships: Part 2 (2011) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2014-2015 Shark Cage (TV Series)
Herself

Final Table: Part 2 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Final Table: Part 1 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Heat 2: Part 2 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Heat 2: Part 1 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Heat 3 (2014) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2015 KidPoker (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 2012-2015 World Series of Poker (TV Series)
Herself / Herself – Poker Pro

Episode dated 25 October 2015 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Episode dated 18 October 2015 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Episode dated 11 October 2015 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Episode dated 4 October 2015 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Episode dated 30 September 2015 (2015) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2014 Fox 2 News in the Morning (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 24 October 2014 (2014) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2014 Fox News (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 20 October 2014 (2014) … Herself
 2013 Heartland Poker Tour (TV Series)
Herself – Strategic Commentator

Majestic Star Casino II (2013) … Herself – Strategic Commentator
Majestic Star Casino I (2013) … Herself – Strategic Commentator
Soaring Eagle Casino II (2013) … Herself – Strategic Commentator
Soaring Eagle Casino I (2013) … Herself – Strategic Commentator
Stratosphere Casino II (2013) … Herself – Strategic Commentator
 2010 2010 World Series of Poker (TV Series)
Herself

Main Event: Day 2A (2010) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
Episode dated 3 August 2010 (2010) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2009 The Amazing Race (TV Series)
Herself – Contestant

Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound! (2009) … Herself – Contestant (as Maria)
It Starts with an F, That’s All I’m Saying (2009) … Herself – Contestant (as Maria, credit only)
We’re Not Working with Anybody, Ever, Anymore! (2009) … Herself – Contestant (as Maria, credit only)
We’re Not Meant for the Swamp (2009) … Herself – Contestant (as Maria, credit only)
This Is the Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done in My Life (2009) … Herself – Contestant (as Maria)
 2009 The Early Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 6 November 2009 (2009) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2009 The Bonnie Hunt Show (TV Series)
Herself

Episode dated 3 November 2009 (2009) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2009 Anderson Cooper 360° (TV Series)
Herself

Breaking Into the Boys’ Club (2009) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2009 2009 World Series of Poker (TV Series)
Herself

WSOP Main Event: Part 5 (2009) … Herself
WSOP Main Event: Part 4 (2009) … Herself
WSOP Main Event: Part 3 (2009) … Herself
WSOP Main Event: Part 2 (2009) … Herself
WSOP Main Event: Part 1 (2009) … Herself
 2008 This Hour Has 22 Minutes (TV Series)
Herself

Episode #16.9 (2008) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2008 2008 World Series of Poker (TV Series)
Herself

No Limit Hold’em Main Event: Part 12 (2008) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2007 2007 World Series of Poker (TV Series)
Herself

No Limit Hold Em Main Event: Part 12 (2007) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
No Limit Hold Em Main Event: Part 11 (2007) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
No Limit Hold Em Main Event: Part 10 (2007) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
 2004 American Idol (TV Series)
Herself

You’re Going to Hollywood! (For a Little Bit, at Least.) (2004) … Herself (as Maria T. Ho)
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