With her latest runner-up finish at the 2011 WSOP $5k No-Limit Hold’em event for $540,000, Maria Ho has now become the woman with the single largest cash at a Stateside WSOP event.
Currently the women’s record holder this side of the Atlantic, only the WSOP Europe Main Event Winner Annette Obrestad with a $2,013,734 payday in 2007 has had a bigger payout in WSOP history.
Maria Ho is a 28 year-old professional poker player, who was born in Taiwan before then moving to the US aged just four. By the time she had completed her degree at UC San Diego in 2005, Ho had also built a poker bankroll which allowed her then to turn poker pro.
Since then, Maria Ho has gone on to earn an impressive $1,134,400 from live tournaments, but with a special fondness reserved for the World Series Of Poker.
In total, Ho has now cashed nine times at the prestigious Las Vegas tournament series, with her previous biggest score coming at the 2007 Main Event where she finished 38th from 6,358 entrants for $237,865.
Talking about her latest $540,000 cash, Maria Ho said that she felt supremely confident going into the 2011 WSOP, having recently finished 6th at a WSOPC event in South Africa for $44,045, followed by a 2nd place finish at the Aussie Millions for $73,614. As Ho explains:
“I always have high expectations for the World Series but this year felt different. In the last seven months I’ve made three final tables in pretty major events so I came into this WSOP with my confidence at an all-time high.”
After taking down her biggest score to date, Maria Ho said she now has a new found sense of confidence in her game and will be looking for further poker glory at WSOP 2011.