She is currently the celebrity spokesperson for the WinStar World Casino and the co-host and commentator on The Final Table presented by Rush Street Productions. Ho has amassed over 2.6 million dollars in poker earnings. Her live tournament results include 32 WSOP cashes, 3 World Series of Poker final tables, 4 WPT cashes, a World Poker Tour final table and 6 additional final tables on the professional poker circuit.
She is a 3-time nominee Bluff (magazine) Reader"s Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Female Player (2012, 2014, 2015).
She has also been seen on the third season of American Idol (where she made it to "Hollywood Week"), as a panelist on Anderson Cooper 360, and for two consecutive seasons as a featured player on the World Poker Tour"s "Ones to Watch" (in 2011 and 2012). In 2013, Maria joined the Heartland Poker Tour season 9 broadcast team, as a co-host and strategic commentator.
She was the first female in history to be hired to a poker television broadcast as the resident strategic commentator. She remained with the production for two years until she signed on as co-host and commentator of The Final Table, presented by Rush Street Productions (creators of Poker Night In America)
Fluent in Mandarin and born into a traditional Chinese family, younger sister of media personality and Clinical Psychologist Doctor judy ho, Maria"s family moved from Taiwan to the United States when she was four years-old, eventually settling just outside Los Angeles in Arcadia, California.
lieutenant was in college that Maria was introduced to playing poker.
Maria"s first major tournament success came at the 2007 World Series of Poker where she was the last woman remaining in the Championship Event, placing 38th out of 6,358 players and earning a $237,865 payday. Her 27th place "Last Woman Standing" finish at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event makes Maria the first and only player to ever hold the title Last Woman Standing three times over and at both the WSOP and WSOPE Main Events. At the 2012 World Series of Poker, Ho was the Most-Cashing Female of the Series, with six individual tournament cashes.
She repeated this feat at the 2014 WSOP with a total of eight series cashes.
Maria has received invitations to play in various types of games all over the world. In 2008, she traveled to Hong Kong to play in the World Mahjong Tour, going head to head with various Chinese and Taiwanese celebrities and professional Mahjong players.
Beyond the poker tables, Maria has shared her knowledge of the game as an on-camera host for WSOP.com, a commentator for the live WSOP final-table broadcasts on Entertainment and Sports Programming Network 360, as a private coach, and as writer for several poker publications – which include authoring a chapter in the book Winning Women of Poker: Secret Strategies Revealed and as a columnist for Bluff Magazine (from 2011-2015).