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Maria Ho Takes the Mic as 2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta Host
PokerListings.com is proud to announce that Maria Ho will host and play the 2014 Battle of Malta.
Ho has been playing poker professionally since 2002 and has earned more than $1.5 million playing live tournaments.
She's appeared on the television show The Amazing Race and is a commentator on the Heartland Poker Tour's television broadcast.
Ho is also passionate about growing the game of poker and thinks the Battle of Malta's low buy-in, socially-oriented approach is perfect for getting new people involved in poker.
“I absolutely love this concept and am so glad to be a part of this innovative and inclusive idea,” said Ho.
“The reason why poker is so popular in the first place is because it's so accessible and things like media coverage, parties and an exotic location should be the kind of poker experience available to all poker players and lovers of the game, and not just reserved for the higher stakes.
“This is a great way to get people excited because this is a special experience anyone and everyone can share together.”
For the last two years ESPN presenter and poker player Kara Scott hosted the Battle of Malta but this year's BOM dates conflict with the WSOP Main Event final table, an event that Scott covers for ESPN's television broadcast.
Big Discounts for Early Bird Packages on Sale Now
The 2014 Battle of Malta plays out at the Portomaso Casino in St. Juliens November 6-10 and discounted early bird packages are offering big savings right now.
This year the Battle of Malta features a massive €500,000 guaranteed prize pool with the same affordable €550 buy-in and players who buy or win packages will be treated to tons of VIP perks.
Packages include main event buy-in, four nights at the five-star Hilton Malta, a casino buffet every day you're playing the event and tickets to and the opening cocktail and the official BOM party.
"The Battle of Malta's guarantee is right on up there with the best of any other low buy-in event I have ever seen,” said Ho.
“With the guarantee it will be a field of at least 1,000 players but I am betting we will surpass that by a mile!”