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Lupe Soto and Maria Ho chosen for Women in Poker Hall of Fame 2018

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Posted on 04 May 2018 by "T".

Soto left, Ho rightFor the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) inductees, the votes are in! Among the 11 highly-qualified ladies nominated, it was Maria Ho and Lupe Soto who were chosen to become members of the illustrious group of 17 Hall of Famers inducted since its foundation in 2008. The two latest additions perfectly fit the women organization's motto "Celebrating excellence, contribution and performance."

Lupe Soto
Seeing that it would be the Hall's 10th anniversary, it's about time that the founder of Women in Poker Hall of Fame Lupe Soto shall become an official inductee! Soto has worked hard to promote women's participation in poker games, and she started by founding the very first online poker forum especially for women back in 2002.

In 2004, she created a poker tour exclusively for women, the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS), and then four years later she founded the Hall of Fame to honor influential women in the poker world.

Currently, Soto is CEO of Senior Poker Tour. She's also the founder and executive director of Women's Poker Association (WPA), a newly-formed member-based non-profit organization aimed at promoting women in the game.

Soto said, "I am so excited to be included amongst these amazing women. The ballot this year was filled with some of the most respected and well deserving women in the game. All of them should hold a place in the Hall and I'm sure one day soon, they will!"

Maria Ho
The second inductee selected to be in this year's Women of Poker Hall of Fame is Maria Ho.

The 35-year-old Maria Ho is considered one of the most recognizable female faces in today's poker world, with total live tournament earnings exceeding $2.7 million!

A well-established and successful poker player, ambassador, TV personality, host and commentator, Ho was the first female hired as a strategic commentator for a poker TV broadcast, was once a part of the broadcast team during the 2017 WSOP Main Event, and currently is a co-host at WPT's King of the Club on Fox Sports Net.

She also competed in shows like American Idol as well as the 15th season of the Amazing Race (along with fellow poker player and best friend Tiffany Michelle).

In total for now she has 45 WSOP cashes, 4 WSOP final tables, 1 WSOP Circuit final table, 6 WPT cashes, 1 WPT final table, and many other final tables on the pro poker circuit.

Scheduled on Tuesday, June 26 at 11am, Maria Ho and Lupe Soto shall officially join the Hall at the WiPHoF Luncheon Celebration & Induction at the New Orleans Casino. The event is open to the public. Sponsors of the event include 888poker, Card Player Cruises, and PokerStars and Star's charitable group Helping Hands. A portion of the proceeds will go to the WiPHoF's partner, Poker Gives, a charitable institution that helps homeless veterans and military families in need.



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12 comments on "Lupe Soto and Maria Ho chosen for Women in Poker Hall of Fame 2018"

 Gerimantas04/05/2018 10:46:52 GMT
I personally know for first time something about lupe soto, and i am interested in poker news and play too, niw about maria ho i read some articles and see her play on YouTube, she is goid player and looks very good too
 CALICUL04/05/2018 16:32:08 GMT
Honestly i know nothing about how it plays these two women. I saw Maria Ho on youtube but i did not want to watch. About Lupe Soto i have not heard in my life about her. Is better than Kara Scott or Jennifer Tilly? Anyway, congratulations to these poker players for inclusion in Women in Poker Hall of Fame 2018.
 bowie198404/05/2018 17:24:41 GMT
Can somebody could please shed a light of that why women needs separate hall of fame when it comes to poker? Or is this the same hall of fame with separate section for women? Isn't this seems sexist a little bit?
 godoy04/05/2018 18:03:44 GMT
without a debt, a choice of the most successful because she has two of the best woman in the middle and with the prority to speak each one on her beach, I would like to play as a player and LUPE as an executive behind the tables very good
 pajalnick04/05/2018 19:59:26 GMT
Maria Ho I really like .... she is a very beautiful woman ... and her game is also very beautiful ... I once watched a few hours of broadcasting the tournament where she played .... it was very interesting to watch and I wanted her to win .... but it did not work .... but Maria Ho I remember
 doubletop77705/05/2018 08:06:11 GMT
These are two very worthy inductees into the Poker Hall Of Fame and congratulations to them. I have watched Maria Ho many times over the years and she is a truly fantastic player
 pochui05/05/2018 17:31:46 GMT
well to answer the question raised by bowie on why women need a separate poker hall of fame to men I have a clue that this might be due to the fact that women have separate toilets to men. that could be the main reason me ponders.
 godoy05/05/2018 19:58:23 GMT
one of the most charming women and masi boaita and sex of the world poker senario and that has many prizes in his career could not be left out of this selection of hall of fame very deserved maq my opinion
 pajalnick05/05/2018 20:15:36 GMT
Posted by pochui:
well to answer the question raised by bowie on why women need a separate poker hall of fame to men I have a clue that this might be due to the fact that women have separate toilets to men. that could be the main reason me ponders.

hahahaha ..... funny explanation ... compare the hall of fame with the toilet .... a bit funny but this is a reasonable grain ...... but of course it's not very clear why a separate hall of fame for women .... as I think poker does not provide for gender distinctions .... but of course for example there are tournaments only for women
 godoy06/05/2018 23:19:11 GMT
a woman who shows her strength through her solid and aggressive game and not to mention that passes the maxhista world of poker with much sympathy and beauty yet and more than deserved because her status and as poker ambassador MARIA HO
 bowie198407/05/2018 23:39:25 GMT
I like every Ho, especially the ones which are not carrying STD's but still doesn't understand why women needs different institutions for things like this. Overall they are not just playing against the rest of the women poker players, they playing against the whole field. It does not make sense, this is not like chess.
 Tony_MON7ANA08/05/2018 02:11:16 GMT
Congratulations to the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame winners: Lupe Soto and Maria Ho. Their career is definitely worthy of being in a hall of fame. Vanessa Selbst, one of the most accomplished female poker players in the current era, will likely to be inducted to the WiPHoF in the near future.

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