The Bernard Lee Poker Show (3/10/20): Maria Ho, Hostess of 2nd Annual Global Poker Awards

By Bernard Lee
March 13, 2020

Maria Ho

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews professional poker player Maria Ho, who hosted the 2nd Annual Global Poker Awards at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.  Maria discusses her role as hostess and gives us a behind the scenes look at the event. Finally, Maria discusses her potential schedule from now through the 2020 WSOP.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be professional poker player, Maria Ho.
0:53Bernard reviews the winners of the 2nd Annual Global Poker Awards.
4:24Cody Stanford won the RunGood Poker Series Main Event at the Horseshoe Tunica. He beat a field of 523 entries and took home the RGPS ring and $41,724.
5:22Zach Mullennix captured the WSOP Ameristar St Charles Main Event in the St. Louis area.  He beat a field of 281 entries, earning the WSOP ring and $92,886.
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9:00Bernard welcomes Maria Ho to the show.
10:18Maria joins the show.
10:40Discussing her role as hostess, Maria talks about the behind the scenes of the event including the production meeting and last-minute changes of the 2nd Annual Global Poker Awards that was held in the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.
18:35Maria talks about how some of the winners who couldn’t attend were asked to make an acceptance video without fully knowing if they had won.
19:02Maria expresses happiness that Rob Campbell won Breakout Player of the Year, especially as he is primarily a mixed game specialist.
22:20Maria explains her comment to three-time winner Kristen Bicknell. She also discusses the Award of Merit (Live Tournament Reporters), Poker Icon Award (Johnny Chan) and Hendon Mob Award (“Miami” John Cernuto).
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30:16Bernard continues his interview with professional poker player, Maria Ho.
31:53Maria discusses her reaction to some of the repeat winners including photographer Drew Amato and RunGood Poker Series President Tana Karn.
35:16Maria remembers Hand of the Year and the video from the winner Ryan Riess, who had made an all-in call with a 10-high.
38:18Maria discusses some of the winners including Twitter Personality of the Year (Jamie Kerstetter, Tournament Director of the Year (Matt Savage), Charitable Initiative of the Year (Scott Wellenbach) and Journalist of the Year (Joey Ingram).
47:29Maria reminisces about the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas.
49:30Maria talks about plans of the rest of the Spring and the WSOP.


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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for ESPN.com, PokerNews, Card […]


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