Maria Ho on Poker Being a Game of Skill and What It’s REALLY Like Winning Big

Written by: Bill Krackomberger
Updated October 14, 2022
4 min read

This week on Wise Kracks we’re excited to welcome professional poker player Maria Ho to the studio, fresh from the World Series of Poker Main Event where she was table-side as a 31-year old poker pro won $8 million and the most coveted prize in poker.

Maria is no slouch at the poker table herself, with over $4 million in earnings and a World Poker Tour title to her credit.

Check out the full episode for tales of poker and the latest from the sports world including a million-dollar winning bet that Krack called almost six months ago.

Maria Ho Drops Top Poker Tips and Stories

She’s won over $4 million playing poker tournaments including 63 WSOP cashes, five final tables, 13 World Poker Tour cashes, and four WPT final tables, including a title.She breaks down poker strategy as a commentator for the World Series of Poker Main Event which wrapped up in Las Vegas last week.

Maria made it into the studio to share insider stories from the WSOP and drop some expert-level poker knowledge on Bill and Jon.

In addition to sharing tips on bankroll management and other poker topics, Maria also shares what it’s really like to hit a huge poker score. The truth is fascinating and not at all what we expected.

Krack Called It! Caesars Loses Big in Wild MLB Futures Bet

Caesars Sportsbook lost nearly $1 million on a single futures bet after Shohei Ohtani became an MLB MVP.

In March, a Nevada bettor placed a $30,000 wager on Ohtani to win the American League MVP Award. Amazingly, the prediction came true but even more amazingly, this was a pick given out by Krack back in March at the exact same odds.

In today’s episode, Krack tells us that he’s been getting texts from people who made that bet earlier this year and cashed in huge last week.

New Jersey Monthly Betting Handle Breaks $1B

Expectations have always been huge for legal sports betting in New Jersey but we’re only now starting to see what that really means. According to recent reports, NJ became the first state to break the $1 billion betting mark in a single month.

In September 2021, the nine casinos and three racetracks in the state took in $1.01 billion in total bets. After paying out all the winning tickets, the house was able to keep over $82 million in profit.

Amazingly, over half of the total bets were taken at Meadowlands in East Rutherford which is driving distance from New York City.

Hot Takes: Are Trap Lines for Real and Best KO Ever

In today’s quick hits segment, Bill explains what a “trap line” is in sports betting and whether it’s actually something to watch out for. Krack claims that while the concept is a bit overblow, a trap line is a bet that looks too good to be true, usually on a big favorite.

Krack goes on to say that when you see these kinds of bets, the counterintuitive side of the line is often the right one and the one that sharp bettors are taking.

For Jon’s hot take, Bill asks about the best knockout Jon ever witnessed live. In true Jon Orlando fashion, a Conor McGregor figurine slowly rises into the camera frame to assist in the story’s telling.

Jon’s pick? McGregor knocking out Jose Aldo in a title UFC fight in what was the quickest KO the league had ever seen.

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We’ll be premiering the episode with live chat and we may even have some special surprise giveaways for our most loyal viewers who tune in. Follow us on Twitter for more info dropping this week.

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Bill Krackomberger

Sports Betting Analyst, Content Specialist & On-Air Host

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Billy “Krackman” Krackomberger has made his living as a professional sports gambler for nearly three decades. You have seen him on ESPN, Gaming Today, and SiriusXM. His connections in the sports gambling industry run all the way to the top. His bets move the lines and regularly have him banned from books for being too sharp.
Nationality: American
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