Ho outlasted all of her fellow female poker players on Day 5 of the Main Event and finally busted in 77th place for a $85,812.
An impressive feat but Ho was still stinging shortly after being eliminated.
“I’m super disappointed obviously,” she said.
“You don’t get that many chances to go this deep in the Main Event so you feel like you have to make the most of it. There’s a lot of pressure to do better, especially when you had a deep run in the past.”
Ho Outlasts Even More Players in 2014
Maria Ho during her Main Event run in 2007.
The California-native outlasted 6,320 players to finish 38th in the 2007 Main Event. This year she actually outlasted more players (6,606) but finished higher (77th) thanks to a bigger overall field.
Ho entered Day 6 of the this year’s Main Event as the shortest stack with 435,000 chips.
“It’s really disappointing but when you come in as the shortest stack you can’t really expect all that much,” said Ho.
“I know I have a lot to be proud of. Right now it doesn’t feel super great but I know I will take a lot of awesome things away from this experience.”
Ho went on to say she felt validated after reprising her role as last woman standing in the Main Event.
“Although I’m still lacking a huge, monumental tournament win I feel like I’ve built a résumé that I’m very proud of,” she said.
“My career may not be as illustrious as Vanessa Selbst or someone with a ton of events but I feel like it has been very consistent.”
Ho: "Female Poker Players Are Getting a Lot Better"
Beyond her own career, Ho has seen an explosion of female poker players over the last 10 years, which makes her happy.
“I feel like not only are there more female players but they are getting a lot better,” she said.
“They are taking the game very seriously and they want to be in contention. That’s awesome to see, especially because I’ve been playing for 10 years and when I started there really were no women playing.
While Ho won’t be making an appearance in the 2014 WSOP November Nine, anyone who attends the PokerListings Battle of Malta in November will likely see Ho as she’s scheduled to host this year.