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The feminine sibling of the Poker Hall of Fame – the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF)’s results are out. Of the eleven women poker players who were nominated, two players – Lupe Suto and Maria Ho have been selected to join the prestigious club. They will be officially inducted in a ceremony being jointly organized by charitable organization Poker Gives and WiPHoF in Las Vegas on June 26.
The WiPHoF is a prestigious organization that works for promoting poker in women and giving outstanding women players their due recognition.
Ho and Soto’s selection came through after voting by core members of WiPHoF and selected media members that took place in the last week of April. The two women have been trailblazers of sorts in poker and their upcoming induction has drawn cheers from the poker community.
While Suto is a veteran with a poker career spanning over two decades and has founded WiPHoF and organizations like WPA – Woman Poker’s Association, Ho has been an active poker player, commentator and host in poker tournaments and TV events. Soon they will be rubbing shoulders with the 17 existing hall of fame members that include poker legends like Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher and Debbie Burkhead.
The competition was tough indeed, as the nominees for WiPHoF this year included players like Shirley Rosario, Hemance Blum, Terry King, Jennifer Tilly, Karina Jett, Kara Scott and Mandy Glogow. Tilly was a top contender, with the gold bracelet for the Ladies event in WSOP 2005 under her belt. Kara Scott is a renowned poker commentator with stints in High Stakes Poker and Super High Roller Bowl.
As for Soto – currently the CEO and Executive Director of Senior Poker Tour- who started on poker in the late 90s and has carved a place for herself in the industry by creating the first-ever online poker forum for women players in 2002 and launching the LIPS – Ladies International Poker Series in 2004, the recognition comes well deserved.
“I’m so excited to be included amongst these amazing women”, exclaimed an excited Soto on hearing news of her selection to the hall of fame. She went on to add how the nominees this year were all well deserving and most respected names in the game.
The second inductee is TV personality and commentator Maria Ho who became eligible for nomination at WiPHoF just this year as she turned 35. “Deeply humbled by this honor and, congrats to Lupe Soto! Thank you all for the love and support!” Ho tweeted, reacting in surprise to her selection for the hall of fame.
“I know there are so many amazing and deserving women that have done so much for this industry that would- and perhaps should-get nominated before me”, she said.
Not quite! Maria Ho has been at the helm of poker gaming since 12 years, though she’s in her sixth year as a professional poker player. Her first shot to fame came when she finished 38th in the WSOP Main Event in 2007 and went home with a bankroll of $237,865. Ho also came second in WSOP 2011 Event #4. Later in 2013 she became the first-ever woman hired as strategic commentator for HPT – a poker television broadcast and was part of the broadcast team on the 2017 WSOP Main Event. Since then Ho has been co-hosting the ‘King of The Club’ program by WPT on Fox Sports Net.
Currently ranked tenth among highest earning female players by Hendon Mob, Ho has $2.7 Million in poker earnings in her kitty which brings her to hold the fourth rank in GPI world rankings for women.
The induction luncheon ceremony will be hosted at the Orleans casino and will be open to public. The ceremony will be co-sponsored by 888poker, PokerStars, Card Player Cruises and Stars’ charitable group, Helping Hands. A part of the proceeds will go to Poker Gives that works for welfare of military troops and families.