133 Seconds with Maria Ho

133 Seconds with Maria Ho

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Heroes, jobs and life lessons.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen happen at the poker table?

A player who would consult his Magic 8-Ball App every time he had a decision to make at the poker tables. That was pretty funny.

What’s the shittest job you’ve ever had?

In high school I was a shoe salesperson at Nine West. Talk about a real Al Bundy moment!

What’s your most treasured possession?

I have a stuffed animal that my grandmother gave me. She lives in Taiwan and I love having a piece of her love with me in the States... and it smells just like her!

What’s the last text you received?


Who’s your poker hero?

Daniel Negreanu. He's a been a great friend to me, personally, and I think he's an excellent ambassador for a poker. He's kind and approachable to the fans and, of course, very entertaining to watch play on TV! I think he's significantly helped bring poker to the forefront of the Entertainment Industry.

Non-poker hero?

It may sound cliché, but the way Oprah Winfrey has come from nothing and worked her ass off to build a career and empire that has such a positive impact in this world is very inspirational to me. And how she continues to use her time and resources to make people's lives better is something I aspire to.

Can you tell us a joke?

Where do you get virgin wool from? ...Ugly sheep!

What would be your spirit animal?

I did an online quiz a little while ago. It said I'm a "Wolf", and went on to say, "Powers: Stealth, hunting ability, enhanced senses of smell and hearing, as well as strength and stamina... 'Family comes first' could be a Wolf's motto. You form deep connections with close friends and family members, and they know you'd do anything to protect them. You're loyal, devoted, and passionate." This is actually pretty accurate.

What’s the most extravagant thing you’ve bought with your poker winnings?

A Maserati.

Do you believe in God?


What’s the biggest life lesson poker has taught you?

That time with family and friends is priceless. That finding balance in your life is essential to happiness. That any success or money you make in this life is only worthwhile when shared with the people you love or invested in charitable endeavours.

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