Year-in, year-out, Maria Ho approaches the World Series of Poker like a consummate professional — and she’s got the résumé to prove it.
The general public may recognize Ho as a two-time “Last Woman Standing” in the WSOP Main Event, having earned that title with a 38th-place finish in 2007 and then again by finishing 77th in 2014. Or perhaps they know her from her appearance on the CBS show Amazing Race in 2009, as the current co-host and commentator on the Heartland Poker Tour, or for her position a Celebrity Spokesperson for the WinStar World Casino.
But it is perhaps her lengthy list of accomplishments at the WSOP that is most impressive of all. As Ho tells it, putting together an impressive record like hers starts with meticulous planning months in advance of the call to shuffle up and deal at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
“For the past five years that I have been playing a pretty full schedule at the WSOP, I have been very diligent about planning which tournaments I will be playing well ahead of time,” she told PokerNews. “I categorize them into ‘must-plays’ and ‘want-to-plays’ because I’ve noticed that it in years past when I tried to play every single tournament that looked enticing, I would get burned out quickly and start playing poorly".
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