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Maria Ho Continues to Roll, and the Hand That Crippled Her in the First Place
Level 12: 1,200-2,400, 300 ante
Maria Ho filled us in on the details of the hand that crippled her right before the last break. Fortunately, she's telling us this from the table, because she continues her comeback from a single ante.
In the last hand of the last level, with the blinds at 1,000-2,000 and a 300 ante, Alex Melnikow raised to 4,800, Maria reraised from the small blind to 12,400, and Melnikow called.
The flop came A-J-4 rainbow, Maria bet 10,400, Melnikow raised to 25,000, Maria moved all in for about 85,000, and Melnikow called with a nearly identical stack, showing A-4 for two pair, aces and fours. Maria showed A-Q for a pair of aces, and she'd need to improve to win the hand.
The turn was a K, giving Maria additional outs, but the 9 on the river missed, and Melnikow took the pot with his two pair. Assuming she was covered, Maria gathered her things and left the table. On her way out the door, someone in the media asked her if she could do an interview, and she said she'd be willing to come back to the Fontana Lounge in 10-15 minutes.
By the time the dealer had counted down the stacks, they determined that Maria covered Melnikow by 300. It wasn't much -- a single ante -- but she was technically still in the tournament. Several of her friends called to tell her, but she assumed they were calling to offer condolences at the bustout. But when she saw Jeff Madsen calling her, she knew something was up -- he was sitting at the same table. She answered that call, and Madsen told her to hurry back. If it weren't for the interview she agreed to do, she wouldn't have been close enough to make it back in time.
We've already posted the two hands that took her from 300 in chips to about 11,000 -- a triple-triple up (9x) followed by a triple up. But Maria Ho's comeback continues.
Maria Ho moves all in under the gun for 9,600, and Andy Frankenberger calls from the big blind with K2. Maria shows K4, and even though she has a higher kicker, there's a 40% chance it will be a chopped pot.
But the board comes AA974, and Maria Ho wins the pot with a club flush to double up yet again. She's still short, but she has enough chips where she can at least pick her spots.
Maria Ho - 23,100 (9 bb)
02:48 PM, 10/17/10