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A Poker Life: Maria Ho

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Dec 10, 2010


Think limit hold’em is dead? Don’t tell that to Maria Ho. The 27-year-old pro has made a living from the game for the last five years, playing $100-$200 and higher whenever she’s not competing on the tournament circuit. Although she has successfully branched out to high-stakes mixed games and no-limit hold’em tournaments, Ho remains passionate about the game that gave her a start. She was also crowned the last woman standing in the 2007 World Series of Poker main event, but insists that she’s looking for more out of her poker career. Here’s her story. A Knack for Cards Ho was born in Taiwan, but spent only four-and-a-half years there before making the move to the United States. Her parents, along with her older sister, loved playing games at home. “Growing up, my parents played a lot of card games around the kitchen table,” Ho recalled. “My dad actually played ...

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