The WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, played host to the 2013 River Poker Series over the last few weeks and well-known poker pro Maria Ho just took down the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em "No Juice" event. A $300,000 guarantee was offered for the event and 54 runners came out for the competition.
Winning this event brought Ho's lifetime tournament earnings up to $1,441,972 and was her career third six-figure score.
The final table money winners — and Ho's opponents — were Kattamuri Sudwakarar - 2nd for $75,000; Ari Engel - 3rd for $50,250; Jared Jaffee[/B] - 4th for $34,260; Mario Silvestri - 5th for $23,550; and Clinton Baker - 6th for $15,720.
"It feels so great to finally close a tournament, and to win it here at WinStar, which is like a home to me, couldn’t be more perfect," Ho said in a press release. "I know a lot of players say ‘I felt it,’ which doesn’t always pan out, but going into Day 2, I really did feel it." Ho added: "I flew directly to WinStar the day after the ceremony, and now here I am. So, I guess it worked! Thanks, Vanessa!" Vanessa Selbst got married in New York on August 25th.
Ho also had a second-place finish in another prelim event in a 198-player field. The $560 No Limit Hold'em — Ultra event gave her a prize of $16,000. Hoe is a celebrity spokesperson for the WinStar Casino.
Maria Ho's 5 Biggest Scores
|2011||WSOP $5,000 No Limit Hold'em||357||2||$540,020|
|2007||WSOP $10,000 Main Event||6,358||38||$237,865|
|2013||River Poker Series $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em "No Juice"||54||1||$101,220|
|2011||Aussie Millions AU$10,000 8-Game||28||2||AU$70,000|
|2010||WSOP Circuit South Africa Main Event||188||6||$43,604|
The $2,500 Main Event at the River Poker Series is in play this weekend and features a $2,500,000 guarantee. Last year the Main Event was won by Aaron Massey for a first-place prize of $651,559. Ho is always a contender and this weekend could prove that out with another big score!