The 2013 River Poker Series held at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK kicked off this month and has been running for the past two weeks. On Wednesday, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em "No Juice" event began with a $300,000 guarantee. The event attracted 54 entries and was won by well known poker professional Maria Ho.
For her victory, Ho earned $101,220 for the third six-figure score of her career. With the win, Ho brought her lifetime tournament earnings up to an impressive $1,441,972. At the final table, Ho's opponents that finished in the money included Kattamuri Sudwakarar (2nd - $75,000), Ari Engel (3rd - $50,250), Jared Jaffee (4th - $34,260), Mario Silvestri (5th - $23,550), and Clinton Baker (6th - $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," said Ho in a press release following the win. "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." She went on to add how she had just come straight from her good friend Vanessa Selbst's wedding in New York, saying, "I flew directly to WinStar the day after the ceremony, and now here I am. So, I guess it worked! Thanks, Vanessa!"
Ho is a celebrity spokesperson for the WinStar Casino coming fresh off of a second-place finish in another prelim event. In the days prior to her win, Ho took second place in a 198-player field in the $560 No-Limit Hold'em — Ultra event for $16,000.
Maria Ho's Top 5 Largest 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 will be taking place this weekend, and the event has a large $2,500,000 guarantee on its head. Last year, Aaron Massey took home the title in that event worth $651,559. With plenty of prize money up for grabs, Ho could just very well land another impressive result from the series.