Maria Ho entered Day 5 of the WSOPE Main Event at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov as the chip leader with 12 players left. When the 6-handed final table was set, Ho had eliminated the reigning champ Kevin MacPhee in 10th place, and bagged the chip lead once more.
Looking back at Day 2 and 3, it did not seem as is Maria Ho was going to make a deep run in the tournament. Both days she finished at the bottom of the chip counts, and it was first on Day 4 she began climbing towards the top, finishing the day with 3,850,000 in chips. Second in chips was Niall Farrell, who won the $25,000 high roller bracelet a few days ago.
After the elimination of MacPhee, Stephan Osinovski was sent to the rail in 9th place, followed by Luis Rodriguez in 8th place. At this point Maria Ho had accumulated more than 10,000,000 in chips, some of which came from a hand, where she had flopped a straight vs. Luis Rodriguez’ two pair, and got paid off. A little later Ho lost some to Niall Farrell, when he shoved with a pair of treys and was looked up by Ho with AQ that did not improve.
With the elimination of Jack Salter in 7th place, the six-handed final table was set. Going into the final day of play Ho sits with 7,830,000. Hot on her heels is Spain’s Marti Roca De Torres with 7,260,000. Gianluca Speranza is third with 4,400,000, and Niall Farrell is fourth with 3,025,000 to his name. Mathijs Jonkers from the Netherlands is fifth, and Robert Bickley from the UK is the short stack with 1,085,000.
The players are guaranteed €174,365 at this point. A first place prize of €1,115,207 ($1,299,055) and a WSOP gold bracelet awaits the winner.
Go into the final day, Maria Ho is in great shape to win her first bracelet after finishing runner-up to Allen Bari in a $5,000 event in 2011. Ho has been last woman standing in the WSOP Main Event two times – in 2007 (38th) and in 2014 (77th), and in 2011 she claimed the same title, finishing in 27th place in the WSOPE Main Event in Cannes.
Maria Ho has $2,191,171 in live tournament earnings. If she wins the WSOPE Main Event, she will take 7th place at the Women’s All Time Money List.
Annette Obrestad was the first woman to win the WSOPE Main Event back in 2007, when she was only 18 years old. Now 10 years later we might finally have another female champion. Fingers crossed!