Event #4: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em

Maria Ho Eliminated in 2nd Place ($540,020)

[user80015] • Level 32: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Maria Ho - 2nd Place

From the button, Maria Ho moved all in for a little over two million. Allen Bari snap-called from the big blind and tabled the {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}. Ho held the {A-Spades}{4-Spades} for one overcard to Bari's pair.

Both sets of cheering sections rose to their feet and began yelling for cards to help their player. Ho's fans yelled for an ace while Bari's for an eight. The flop came down with neither as the dealer ran out the {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{6-Clubs} first.

The turn brought the {5-Clubs} and now Ho needed just an ace on the river to stay alive in this thing. The river completed the board with the {Q-Clubs} and that was it. Bari leaped into his cheering section Lambeau Leap style as his friends held him up against the rail in celebration. Ho was congratulated with hugs from her own cheering section on the other side of the stage before Bari and her embraced with a big hug in the middle.

Ho took home $540,020 for her finish -- the largest score of her young poker career. Previously it was a $237,865 score from a 38th-place finish in the 2007 WSOP Main Event.

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