Both sent in pictures, and the contest sponsor soon asked Lima to come out for the competition.
Soon after, at the age of 15, she entered and finished in first place in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" model search.
In 2013, she came in 3rd place and in 2014 she came in 2nd place with earnings of million.
In 2015, she came in 2nd place with earnings of million.
She appeared only in shoes, diamonds and gloves for the November 2007 issue of Vanity Fair celebrating 20 years of supermodels with her fellow Angels.
One of the top ranked female poker players in the world, her accolades include being a 3-time Bluff Reader's Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Female Poker Player, an American Poker Awards nominee, competing as the only all-female team on the 15th season of The Amazing Race, and a 2018 inductee into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (being inducted the first year she was eligible and nominated).
Maria is also the celebrity spokesperson for the Win Star World Casino, Maria Ho has received invitations to play in various types of games all over the world.
In 2008, she traveled to Hong Kong to play in the World Mahjong Tour, going head to head with various Chinese and Taiwanese celebrities and professional Mahjong players.
Fluent in Mandarin and born into a traditional Chinese (Cantonese) family, Maria is a younger sister of media personality and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Maria's family moved from Taiwan to the United States when she was four years old, eventually settling just outside Los Angeles in Arcadia, California. She was introduced to the game by fraternity brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon, when she became affiliated with the fraternity through their Lambda Lil Sis program.
When Maria graduated from UCSD in 2005, with a major in Communications and a minor in Law, she had gone from playing low limits to high-stakes cash games and had grown her poker bankroll to the point that she felt confident to embark on a career as a professional poker player.