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

They started off as the obvious villain team due to their decision to hide from the other teams that they'd raked in over a million dollars in winnings at the poker tables, and tell them they worked for a charity instead. Their lie immediately came to light when Tiffany was recognized while standing in line at the airport in the second leg, which caused a bit of resentment with the other teams. While this earned them the ire of many of the fans, a portion of the fanbase immediately took to them for being the only female team cast against four male teams, and having an open and honest attitude that was not playing up to the cameras. They persisted despite several close shaves, until they fell in 6th place when they were unable to complete either Detour choice on leg 7, and had to quit.


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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
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 → The Netherlands Did not perform Tiffany 6 of 6 [2]
Average 6.58
     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


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 for failing a Detour. Already in last place, the penalty wasn't issued and Phil came out to them on the race course and eliminated them.


  • In 2012, Tiffany was one of the recruits to compete on the Worst Cooks in America. She was eliminated in episode 6.[2]
  • As of 2014 Maria is ranked 4th in the world among female poker players.
  • In 2010 and 2012 Tiffany was named by Maxim Magazine one of the Top 20 Hottest Celebrity Poker Players.[3][4]
  • Tiffany is also an actor, she appeared on shows such as: Days of Our Lives, ER, American Dreams or DeVanity (she was series regular since season 4).[5]
  • In 2019, Maria appeared as an impostor on To Tell the Truth, posing as a professional karaoke singer.


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

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