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Poker Stories Podcast: Maria Ho Goes From Rebellious Kid To High-Stakes Poker Pro

Poker Stories Is A New Audio Series That Features The Game's Best Players and Personalities


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Poker Stories is a new, long-form audio series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.

Maria Ho is not only a feared, high-stakes cash game grinder, but also quite the tournament player, having cashed for nearly $2.2 million. The 34-year-old is perhaps best known for being the last woman standing in the World Series of Poker main event, having done so twice, in 2007 and 2014.

But the L.A.-based poker pro doesn’t just have her mind on the tables. She’s also done work as a commentator and sideline reporter for the Heartland Poker Tour and the Super High Roller Bowl. Most recently, she signed on to host Amazon’s Mobile Masters Invitational, which will air later this summer on CBS Sports.

Highlights from this interview include maintaining professionalism with Kevin Hart, the boyfriend that lost her bankroll, risk-taking lessons from her father, why Simon Cowell was mean to her, a trip to the police station, running away from home and being shipped to boarding school, using book money for her poker bankroll, unfair Amazing Race challenges, getting called by seven high, and why her parents weren’t impressed that she was the last woman standing in the main event.

You can check out the entirety of the interview in the audio player at the top of the page or download it directly to play on the go from iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

Catch up on past episodes featuring Daniel Negreanu, Nick Schulman, Bryn Kenney, Mike Sexton, Brian Rast, Jean-Robert Bellande, Scott Seiver and more. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to get the latest episodes automatically when they are released.