Amazing Racer Maria Ho in New Poker Reality TV Show

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Maria Ho has earned over $1.2 million playing live poker tournaments.

Maria Ho, a poker pro and contestant on The Amazing Race 15, is part of a brand new reality show she hopes will finally bring the jet-setting poker lifestyle to a wider TV audience.

Poker players have tried, with varying degrees of success, to bring the poker world to a more mainstream audience but Ho learned a thing or two from her television experience.

“People watch reality television because they care about the characters,” Ho told PokerListings.com.

“But they also want to live vicariously through them and experience a lifestyle that's exciting and compelling.”

And according to Ho, the poker world encompasses all those elements.

“The show's really about the characters and their relationships but it's set in this exciting world where we might be in Monte Carlo one week and the Bahamas the next week,” she said.

“It's about us trying to find a balance between the lifestyle and everything else that's going on in our lives.

“Not everyone can relate to the poker lifestyle stuff, which I think they'll find interesting, but they can definitely relate to the stuff that we're all going through.”

Ho Hopes New Project Will Do Poker Reality Right

From GSN's one-season run of 2 Months 2 Million to the short-lived Travel Channel project I Bet My Life starring Liv Boeree and Kevin MacPhee, poker reality shows have traditionally fared poorly with mainstream audiences.

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“People watch reality television because they care about the characters."
 

Reuters.com recently reported that Ho's new project is called Queens are Wild, and follows four top female poker pros.

Ho chose to remain tight-lipped on the details when speaking to PokerListings.com, but she did say they're making progress finding the right network for the show to call home.

“We've been working hard on it and it's going in a really good direction but you never know until they give you the final green light,” she said.

Maria Ho has earned over $1.2 million playing live poker tournaments and graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Communications.

Follow Maria Ho's progress and everything happening at the World Series of Poker with PokerListings.com's live WSOP 2013 coverage.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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UFCWatcher 2013-06-11 16:13:57

Hope it takes off! (and involves nudity)

Degenerate 2013-06-11 03:33:24

Poker seems to be losing interest with the public, no one cares about watching it on tv anymore. Good luck to them.

Kinchski 2013-06-10 20:10:12

Hope it takes off! (and involves Vanessa Selbst)