It’s been just over a year since Black Friday shocked the poker world with indictments against Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Absolute and UltimateBet. In the immediate aftermath, questions abounded among players and pros alike. No one seemed to know what was going on, and time would be the only thing that would shed light on the situation.
One woman who waited for answers along with the masses was Maria Ho, who had become a sponsored pro of UB just six months earlier. In regard to her future with the site, it took less than a month to learn that UB and Absolute would be filing for bankruptcy and that the team of pros would be laid off. That meant Ho would join Joe Sebok, Prahlad Friedman, Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin, Brandon Cantu, Tiffany Michelle, Scott Ian, “Hollywood” Dave Stann, Adam “Roothlus” Levy, Bryan Devonshire and Trishelle Cannatella on the unemployment line, at least as far as being a sponsored pro was concerned.
From there, Maria Ho opted to relocate to Vancouver to continue playing online while also giving a fair shake to live play. It proved a fruitful decision as she was able to notch some impressive scores such as finishing second in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event at the 2011 World Series of Poker for $540,020 and a 27th-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event for $42,748. We caught up with Ho recently to get her thoughts about Black Friday and how her life has changed one year removed.
What’s the biggest change in your life as a result of Black Friday?