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Maria Ho Makes A Return to Reality TV Wednesday Night On CNBC

Poker Pro Makes A Guest Appearance On Deal Or No Deal


Top poker pro Maria Ho will make her return to mainstream television this Wednesday night on CNBC on the game show Deal Or No Deal.

Ho, who has also done commentary work for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Poker GO, and ESPN, competed on the CBS game show The Amazing Race in 2009 with her friend and fellow poker pro, Tiffany Michelle.

This time around, however, she won’t appear as a contestant. Instead, Ho will be brought out to support the contestant.

Shireen Mui, who will be playing for a $1 million prize on the broadcast, is a big poker fan. Ho just happens to be one of her poker idols and will be on stage to guide Mui through her decision-making process.

The 35-year-old Ho has an impressive poker resume with just shy of $3 million in live tournament earnings. She was twice the last woman standing in the WSOP main event, having accomplished the feat in 2007 and 2014. Most recently, she added a WPT DeepStacks title in South Africa.

During her stint on the 15th season of The Amazing Race, Ho and Michelle finished sixth in the 12-team competition.

You can see a short preview of Wednesday’s show below:

Poker pros have a history of making appearances on game shows and reality television. Jean-Robert Bellande began the trend in 2007 by competing on Survivor. High-stakes cash game wizard Garrett Adelstein has also been on Survivor, as has Anna Khait, Albert Destrade, and bracelet winner Jackie Glazier.

Perhaps infamously, poker pariah Annie Duke finished runner-up on President Donald Trump’s reality game show, The Celebrity Apprentice. Along the way, she was called a snake and even compared unfavorably to Hitler by the show’s winner, the late Joan Rivers.

Former professional poker player Alex Jacob won six games on Jeopardy!, and even took down the show’s Tournament of Champions. The Yale graduate earned more than $400,000 combined during his run.

Additionally, David Williams competed on Master Chef, Daniel Negreanu was featured on an episode of Millionaire Matchmaker, and Vanessa Rousso appeared on Big Brother.