Maria Ho, the female professional poker player from America, is going to host a new poker documentary. She was recently the co-commentator of the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT).
The documentary, which is titled “Poker Night: The Tour,” will give viewers a glimpse into poker players’ lives when they are not playing the game. In other words, the documentary intends to “go behind the scenes” and relate tales that fans hardly get to hear.
Ho will lead the action and provide a reliable insight into it. In fact, she is the right person to host this documentary as she has played as well as partied with several professional poker players. David Tuchman, the commentator at Live at the Bike, will introduce a level of professionalism into the documentary. The two will work together to show viewers those aspects of the poker gaming industry that are hardly shown on television poker shows.
The makers of the documentary will film its first episode in August at the Turning Stone Resort, which will be hosting the Empire State Hold’em Championship. Instead of showing the poker action, it will show players’ activities during their free time and the places they visit.
Dustin Iannotti, the executive producer of the documentary, says that he decided to produce this documentary as he was fascinated with the “off-the-felt antics” of the poker gaming industry.
He said: “Players sometimes win or lose the equivalent of a house at a poker table and then go hang out together. It’s bizarre. We need a show that focuses on bringing these characters and stories to life while the cameras are rolling.”
Many with a good memory will remember Iannotti as the marketing head of Ultimate Poker, America’s first licensed online poker room, which had to be shut down in Nevada as well as New Jersey in 2014.
A release date has not yet been announced for the documentary, but Iannotti hints that it may be shown in 2016.
Maria Ho, an immensely successful poker player, had finished 38th in the WSOP 2007 Main Event and won her first six-figure prize of $237,865. She also emerged as the runner up of the $5k NL Hold’em poker tournament in 2011 when she was defeated in the heads-up match by Allen Bari. She took home a prize of $540,020 for finishing second in this event.
Today, she has earned around $1.7 million playing poker tournaments, but hasn’t won any major championship.