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Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle are a team of Professional Poker Players on The Amazing Race 15.

The only all-female team on their season, Maria & Tiffany immediately developed a reputation for being sneaky and untrustworthy with their competitors with their decision to hide their professions as poker players (which other teams later found out about), as well as their tendency to piggyback off of other teams who would book flights ahead of them at airport counters. However, the two also developed an alliance with Sam & Dan, which, combined with several strokes of good fortune for the poker players, allowed them to reach the final six. During the seventh leg, however, their status as the only all-female team came to light when they were the only team unable to do either side of a physically-demanding Detour. Unable to accomplish either option, they opted to quit the task, and ultimately, the race, finishing in 6th place.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Maria Ho (26); Tiffany Michelle (25)
Hometown: Arcadia, Calif./ Los Angeles
Occupation: Professional Poker Players
Relationship: Friends

These two female professional poker players have been best friends for three years, and were also the last women standing in the World Series of Poker Championship Event in 2007 and 2008. From Vegas to Monte Carlo, the two have competed against the toughest fields across the world and hold their own playing for high stakes in a male-dominated sport.

Maria is currently ranked 33rd in the Top 100 Women's All Time Money list among poker players and finished 38th out of 6,358 people in the 2007 World Series of Poker Championship Event.

Tiffany, who is known throughout the poker community as "Hot Chips," fell into poker via Hollywood home games that she played with fellow actors while working in film and television. At the 2008 World Series of Poker Championship Event, Tiffany broke records when she finished 17th out of 6,844 players, the largest field ever conquered by a female in live tournament history.

Maria was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to the United States with her family when she was just four years old and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Maria graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in communication and a minor in law. When she is not busy traveling the poker tournament circuit, Maria enjoys singing with her sister's band, "Another Sky."

Born with a love for the stage and competition, Tiffany naturally found her way into competitive sports, pageants and the college Speech & Debate team. She got her start in theatre at the age of 10 and began performing and touring with shows across the country. A far departure from poker, Tiffany is a former beauty queen, having held the titles Miss Teen Newhall, Miss Teen Santa Clarita Valley and was a finalist in the Miss Teenage California where she was named Miss Congeniality.

As a team, these two are well traveled, extremely competitive, strong-minded, savvy players who can deal with any hand they are dealt. Even though they are known as two of the hottest young females in poker, they are willing to put pretty aside when it is time to battle it out.[1]

The Amazing Race 15

Race History

Maria & Tiffany's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour Maria 11 of 12 [1]
2 Japan → Vietnam No Detour Tiffany 7 of 11
2 3 Vietnam Child's Play / Word Play Tiffany 6 of 10
3 4 Vietnam → Cambodia Cover / Wrap Maria 8 of 9
4 5 Cambodia → United Arab Emirates Build a Snowman / Find a Snowman Tiffany 6 of 8
5 6 United Arab Emirates Gold / Glass Tiffany 2 of 7
6 7 United Arab Emirates → Netherlands Did not perform Tiffany 6 of 6 [2]
Average 6.58
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn

Notes:
1: Maria & Tiffany arrived at the Pit Stop in 11th place, but had lost two of the tourists that they were required bring with them. Rather than backtrack to find them, Maria & Tiffany elected to take a 2-hour penalty. Because they were in last place and it was a non-elimination leg, the 2-hour penalty would be applied to their starting time for the next Leg.
2: Maria & Tiffany failed to complete either of the Detour tasks and elected to take a 24-hour penalty. Already in last place, the penalty was not issued and host Phil Keoghan came out on the race course and eliminated them.

Post-Race

  • On May 7, 2011, Maria & Tiffany attended the wedding of The Amazing Race 15 castmates Meghan & Cheyne.[2]
  • In 2012, Tiffany was one of the recruits to compete on the Worst Cooks in America. She was eliminated in episode 6.[3]
  • In 2010 and 2012, Tiffany was named by Maxim Magazine one of the Top 20 Hottest Celebrity Poker Players.[4][5]
  • Tiffany has appeared on Days of Our Lives and DeVanity, where she was series regular in the show's fourth season.[6]
  • In 2014, Maria was ranked 4th in the world among female poker players.
  • In 2019, Maria appeared as an impostor on To Tell the Truth, posing as a professional karaoke singer.

Trivia

  • Maria & Tiffany are the first team to be the only all-female team in a season.
  • First same-sex interracial team.
  • First female team to quit the race.

External links

Interviews

  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide (11/02/2009): "Amazing Race's Maria and Tiffany: We Didn't Want to Quit"
  • Tim Parks at Digital Spy (11/03/2009): "Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle ('Amazing Race')"
  • Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World (11/04/2009): "Exclusive: Maria Ho and Tiffany Michelle discuss 'The Amazing Race'"

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