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Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho are a lovely pair of poker playing pros. But wait, there’s more. They sing, they act, they play musical instruments, they write and perform songs together, they competed in the Amazing Race as a duo, they travel to poker tournaments together.
And now, they are both Team UB members.
In early November 2010, flying high on a sixth-place finish at a South African WSOP event, Maria Ho officially joined the team at UB.com. She has managed to cash in a total of three WPT tourneys as well as nine cashes in the WSOP, and was the last woman standing in the 2007 WSOP Main Event, picking up a very nice payday of $237,865.
Tiffany Michelle joined Team UB in 2008, shortly after becoming the last women standing in that year’s Main Event, finishing in 17th place out of a field of 6,844, earning $334,534. Her joining was all the more dramatic due to her leaving her affiliation with Poker News as an irregular correspondent, and putting on a UB jersey as the press filmed the whole thing. This is said to have caused lasting ill will for her on the part of Tony G, owner of PN.
Aside from her WSOP payday, she has picked up an additional ten grand in live tournament cashes, including coming in 6th in the 2010 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the North American Poker Tour in Los Angeles.
Although Ho was born in Taipei, Taiwan, her family moved to the United States when she was four, and she basically grew up in southern California, as did Michelle. Both are about the same age, Ho being slightly older as she was born in 1983 and Tiffany in 1984.
Though they have been close friends for over five years, their friendship was tested when they were selected to be the only female pair out of a total of twelve teams for the 2009 edition of the Amazing Race.
Despite having to miss her chance to defend her last woman standing title at the WSOP that year due to filming the show, Michelle jumped at the chance to compete. They made it halfway around the world, but ran into a detour they couldn’t complete, eventually bowing out in sixth place.
“I’m incredibly pleased with how we did,” Ho was quoted as saying. “We aren’t the most physical people and we were totally out of our element.”
“Amazing is the perfect way to describe our experience,” Michelle added. “It was the most challenging thing I have done and it was perspective and life changing.”
As a result of the race, both agree the experience made their friendship even deeper than it was before.
Although both engage in numerous television projects and appearances, don’t look for them to give up poker anytime soon. Maria’s favorite live tourney is the Main Event, and she has earned over $500,000 in career earnings
In answer to the question of where players can find them playing on UB, Michelle answered, “Everywhere! I love tournaments, everything from a $10 buy-in to the Sunday 200k tourney. And you’ll definitely find me splashin’ around at the NL Low limit tables; 1-2, 2-4, 3-6 . . . we have a lot of fun.”