Maria Ho Leads In The Final 12 Of The World Series Of Poker Europe Main Event

Only 12 players remain in the competition to become the ninth main event winner in the history of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe.

While strong competitors like Anthony Zinno, Kristen Bicknell, Rainer Kempe, Mike Leah, David Peters and 888poker Ambassador Parker Talbot hit the rail, the small field doesn’t lack for good storylines heading into the penultimate day.

First, there’s Maria Ho. She won the chip lead with 3,850,000 at the close of Day 4 play, which ended a bit early as the eliminations piled up to whittle the field down further than may have been anticipated.

As more and more observers in the poker world eagerly await and root for the success of women in the game, Ho has long been a player tipped for a breakout bracelet win. She has plenty of accomplishments to point to — over $2 million in live clashes and a handful of final tables — but she hasn’t yet bagged that first bracelet.

It’s almost become an annual tradition for a number of PokerNews’ own to predict her first win.

She’s now in the best position to get it, and in a very prestigious event at that.

Ho’s climb up the chip counts came about in a bit of a roundabout fashion, as much of the talk early on was about a hand she chose to fold. After losing a middle set of tens on an all-heart flop in a massive, four-way three-bet pot, Ho chose to fold to preflop raiser Niall Farrell’s over bet shove. As it turned out, he had a huge combo draw, so that pot could have either propelled Ho to an even more massive lead or left her heading to payouts way back in 28th place.

Instead, it was a different path that failed to get to showdown that placed her at the top. She continuation-bet two-tone flop with two fives on the field and saw a large check-raise from the small blind and a cold call from the big. Ho jammed over and induced two pained folds, then bagged mostly smaller pots to conclude the night.

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