Maria Ho is a poker pro that requires no introduction. Also a TV personality and host/commentator, she’s currently ranked fourth on the GPI among female poker players in the world, and is 10th on the female all-time money list with over 2.7 million dollars in earnings.
Maria was the first female in history to be hired to a poker television broadcast (HPT) as the resident strategic commentator. She has also been seen on the Emmy Winning 15th season of The Amazing Race, as well as on ESPN as part of the broadcast team for the WSOP Main Event in 2017, and currently co-hosts WPT’s King of The Club on Fox Sports Net.
“Incredibly floored to be voted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2018 especially among a group of such deserving women,” stated Maria, according to highstakesdb. “Deeply humbled by this honor and congrats to @PokerLupe! Thank you all for the love and support,” she added.
Entered the industry in 1999 through the development of an online poker group called Victory Poker Players. It soon became evident there were significantly more women playing online than land based casinos.
In 2002, she created the first online poker forum for women called Poker Chix. It was quickly apparent women were interested in poker in greater numbers so she founded Ladies International Poker Series – LIPS Tour in 2004 to bring more women to the tables.
LIPS is responsible for countless women entering the game.Later in 2008, she founded the Women in Poker Hall of Fame to recognize the amazing women who paved the way both as players and industry leaders.
She expanded her industry role in 2013 to include senior players by creating the Senior Poker Tour. And to unite women globally, the launch of Women’s Poker Association (WPA) takes place this Spring. Lupe still holds true to her non-profit roots as the CEO of Poker Gives, a Charity Nonprofit serving military families.
“I am so excited to be included amongst these amazing women. The ballot this year was filled with some of the most respected and well deserving women in the game. All of them should hold a place in the Hall and I’m sure one day soon, they will,” said Lupe Soto, according to highstakesdb.
Lupe Soto and Maria Ho are all set to officially join the Hall at the WiPHoF Luncheon Celebration & Induction at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas on June 26th.