Maria Ho wins $500K at World Series of Poker, setting a record

Amazing Race 15 team member Maria Ho won $540,020 at the World Series of Poker’s No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament, winning more money than any other woman ever at a US WSOP event.

In an interview with Poker Listings, Maria said, “In the last seven months I’ve made three final tables in pretty major events so I came into this WSOP with my confidence at an all-time high.”

As to The Amazing Race, Maria said she and her teammate Tiffany “were never asked back for the all-star season. It was kind of a weird situation because the way we were eliminated from the show definitely qualified as unfinished business.”

They quit a task and took a 24-hour penalty, and thus were eliminated. She’s angling to be included in a future all-star season, which might be next season, considering how CBS shows are increasingly relying on returning cast members. “There might be future all-star seasons and we’d really look forward to being a part of that,” she said.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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