Maria Ho Wins Half a Million $, Makes WSOP History

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Yesterday we shared a list of the winners and final tablists of 7 World Series of Poker events which have already ended and rewarded players with bracelets and cash. We also told you that the 2008 Borgata Summer Poker Open champion Allen Bari won the Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em by beating the former UB Poker pro Maria Ho in the final heads-up battle for the title. Although Bari got his bracelet along with $870,000 in cash, it appears that Ho's second place was more history-making than Bari's win.

Despite the fact that she missed the chance to score her first bracelet and a WSOP title for the ladies (which doesn't happen very often), Maria Ho made the record for the single biggest score by a woman at the WSOP. By finishing second Ho secured a $540,000 cash prize which is the biggest achievement by a female player in the whole World Series history.

After this memorable performance Maria Ho talked to PokerListings' Matthew Showell about the biggest achievement in her carrier so far as well as her future expectations and experience in the reality show The Amazing Race.

“I always have high expectations for the World Series but this year felt different,” Ho told in an interview. “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.”

Ho actually scored at a few big tournaments this season including finishing 2nd in the A$10,000 Eight-Game event at the 2011 Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne winning almost $70,000 of cash and placing sixth at the WSOP Circuit ZAR 5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa for more than $43,000.

“After I took second place I was back playing the next day at noon and I was playing with this confidence that I’ve never had before. I felt like I was unstoppable.”

Ho does not bother herself by the fact that she feel just short of her first WSOP bracelet and believes that it's not the trophy that matters, but the fact that her carrier is going in the right direction.

“Whether or not I have that bracelet on my wrist I think I’ve done a lot of things in poker I can be proud of. When you play a lot you see the WSOP bracelet being put on this pedestal but I feel like my poker resume speaks for itself. Through all the ups and downs in the poker world I’ve managed to stay in the game and I’ve still got a long career to look forward to.”

Ho also talked about her experience in the hit reality-TV show The Amazing Race where she competed alongside her good friend and a poker pro Tiffanny Michele. However, she says that Michele was not the only one she has a lasting relationship with, she met a lot of other friends there too.

“Tiffany and I became so close with the couple that won the race, Meghan and Cheyne, and Dan and Sam, the brothers, and Brian and Ericka, Miss America and her husband. After the race was over we all got the same tattoo, the Japanese symbols for the first destination we went to in Japan. And actually Meghan and Cheyne just got married three weeks ago and we were all in their wedding party.”

You can read the full interview on

And finally, here are a couple of nice Maria Ho pictures.