November 11, 2010 20:31 ET

Maria Ho Signs Deal With Online Poker Site

Another UB Patch Hits the Felt at the NAPT This Friday as Newest Member Maria Ho Looks to Continue Live Tournament Success

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) -  If you think poker is just another boys' club, wants you to seriously think again. The online poker site today welcomes notable, accomplished, and highly respected female poker pro Maria Ho to Team UB, joining its roster that's stacked with successful professional poker players. Ho joins Annie Duke and Tiffany Michelle in the online poker site's line-up of talented female pros.

With a history of solid performances at a number of major land-based events, including a World Poker Tour ("WPT") final table and World Series of Poker ("WSOP") Circuit final table within the last three months, Ho is well deserving of her place on Team UB, the home of 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, acclaimed poker authority Joe Sebok and a number of other top players. 

At the 2007 WSOP Main Event, Ho was the Last Woman Standing out of 6,358 players, finishing in 38th place for $237,865. Ho has nine WSOP career cashes and three cashes on the WPT, and she has established an impressive reputation as a successful high stakes cash game player in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, making her one of the few and youngest female players competing with poker's elite in the biggest games.

Away from the tables, Ho's charisma and poker expertise lent themselves well to her 2009 role as host and on-camera personality for, picking up regular commentator and contributor spots on ESPN360's poker broadcasts. Ho has helped raise poker's profile in the mainstream media with appearances on such distinguished shows as CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, and she is internationally recognized from her appearances on the seven-time Emmy Award winning show The Amazing Race on CBS, and the widely popular American Idol on Fox. Her success, both on these top shows and at the poker tables, naturally caught the attention of a number of online poker sites that were interested in bringing her on board.

"I am honored to be joining the ranks of top UB pros such as Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke. With the new direction and vision I know UB has for their future, this is an extremely exciting time to become a part of such an amazing team," stated Maria Ho.

The 27-year-old pro was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was four years old. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2005 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Law and Society. Ho maintains a dual citizenship and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She will be blogging, writing articles and posting videos in both English and Mandarin Chinese at so she can reach out to online players in both languages. 

Maria Ho kicks off her representation at the NAPT in Los Angeles beginning Friday, November 12, 2010. Online poker players at can employ the online poker site's free UltimateBuddy feature to discover where Maria Ho is seated and join her at the tables.

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