WSOP – Asian Beauty Earns Record Winning

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2011. June 08. |
Maria Ho earned $540,000 with her second finish in the $5,000 NLHE Event of this year’s World Series of Poker; this is the greatest amount ever to be won by a female at a world championship.
Asian born American pro Maria Ho has won a total of over $1 million in live events; she is an excellent cash game player who was featured on the renowned The Amazing Race show as well. She won at WSOP 2011 her greatest live event prize ever, finishing 2nd in the $5,000 NLHE Event (WSOP #4). She earned $540,000 for besting the vast majority of the field of 357 contestants.

Maria Ho
Maria Ho

“I always have high expectations for the World Series but this year felt different. 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 commented.

Ho finished in 6th place in October, 2010 in the WSOP Circuit South Africa Main Event which was worth $43,000 and later, in January, 2011, she earned $70,000 for a second finish in the Eight-Game Event of the single biggest Australian poker tournament, the Aussie Millions.

“I felt like I was unstoppable. 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,”
Ho said.

Maria Ho finished ITM for the ninth time in a world championship in her career, which was also the second this year alone. It also set up a new record: it is the greatest WSOP prize ever won by a female.

“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 (…). 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.”

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