Amazing Race: Meet Maria and Tiffany

by , Sep 10, 2009 | 4:42 pm

Here’s their preview video … gotta say, call me a homer, but I’m already a fan. Go purple!

I think you can see from this who is going to be the domineering personality … and I think you can tell they will probably go far. And you haters commenters can say all you want — LOL on their claims of $1 million in tournament winnings — but one of the things I like about reality TV is the risk the participants are willing to take. It’s not a new phenomenon … we know how it works, how the producers need to create storylines, and to do that they need characters. They need nice guys, meatheads, bitches, sluts, all that good stuff. And if you give them repeated indication of any distinct characteristic, they will edit away to make that seem like that’s all you’re about. And for the most part your true colors show.

Take Annie Duke on Celebrity Apprentice, for example. Extremely divisive character. Half the people thought she was a super-smart, savvy woman. The other half saw her as a total control-freakish bitch. Yep, no offense to Annie, but that pretty much lines up with all I have heard about her over the years within the poker world, and at least two of the above descriptors line up with my own personal observations and conclusions.

So while reality stars often claim they are misrepresented, frankly, in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, some might contend that you actually do get to see the real person even better when all the superfluous “personality” is stripped away and left on the cutting room floor. With that in mind, I’m looking forward to getting to see and know “Maria and Tiffany” — whom I suspect will come off a little different but not too much so from the Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho we already know.


  • Kevin Mathers

    How long will it take for Tiffany to complain about the editing?

  • DanM

    dude, mathers, a hater already! maybe i’m wrong, but i think she’s savvier than that and will not complain about the editing. she may complain and bitch-out in the heat of battle … but not with time to reflect.

  • Kevin Mathers

    I’m more in the “I could care less” camp.

  • http://pokershrink.blogspot.com Poker Shrink

    I am more in the “I could care even less than Kevin” camp.

  • DanM

    i am willing to make a bet that you watch at least a little bit of the show, shrink.

  • Kevin Mathers

    Watching the interview, $750,000 combined is “close to $1,000,000″ that Tiffany mentioned.

  • DanM

    right … and that doesn’t even take into account Tony G and Jeff Lisandro’s cut! these girls definitely know how to use whatever they have to the best of their abilities. it’s why i think they will do well.

  • http://www.thegreendietblog.com Lisa

    Why did you choose to say “nice guys, strong guys, bitches and sluts”?

    Why not dicks, airheads, girls next door and hookers?

  • DanM

    LOL, you know Lisa, I actually thought about needing a negative for the guys — “meatheads and assholes” come to mind now, but didn’t earlier. will edit appropriately.

    but hookers are a whole different ballgame because a) there are no genuine hookers on reality shows, and b) in the immortal words of Salt’n’Pepa, “the only difference between a hooker and a ho is the fee!”

    girls-next-door don’t make it on reality shows unless they happen to be either airheads or sluts. or are looking for a husband. but even then they don’t win.

  • http://www.thegreendietblog.com Lisa

    I had issues coming up with another word for slut too. I wanted to say “hookah” but I’m far from current on street lingo, so chose not to use that one.

    I need a “street” version of Roget’s.

  • Kevin Mathers
  • http://www.thegreendietblog.com Lisa

    Look at you. Thanks!

  • http://pokershrink.blogspot.com Poker Shrink

    Let me be clear on this one Mr. Pokerati, I shalt not see one nanosecond of The Tedious Race, not this year not any year. There will be sharks leaping out of the water or a tantalizing test pattern on opposite that pile of excrement or perhaps a good book or surfing for alternate forms of slut or bimbette.

  • DanM

    Fair enough. More Amazing Race for me …

  • http://pokerati.com/?author=117 California Jen

    I’ll definitely be watching to see what happens, but I’m pretty much on the KevMath “I could care less” team. I have a feeling the “batting the eyelashes – tee hee” won’t carry as much weight as they think it will.

  • DanM

    Well, please, if we’re talking about caring … I don’t give a shit either. Whether they win or collapse — doesn’t really matter to me. I’m just saying I’ll be watching. Not even religiously … but at my own convenience, sure. And they will be a more interesting team to me than the others because we already know them (or their personas) semi-well.

  • Uncle Ray

    You got it right,Dan. It’s not because of the quality. It’s not (to steal another networks tired old phrase) thatit’s “must-see TV”. It’s just more interesting and intriguing to see someone you know or are familiar with on one of these shows.

    It was the same with Annie on CelebApprent. In fact it’s the main reason any “reality” show ultimately goes to a celebrity version.

  • jim donant

    exactly how is Tiffany a poker pro????

  • http://taopoker.blogspot.com Pauly

    This is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

  • BJ Nemeth

    I care, and I’ll definitely be watching. I look forward to a post-episode analysis from Maria each week. (I’ve never seen an episode of “Amazing Race” before, but I’m not above it; I’ve never missed a season of “Survivor.”)

  • DanM

    I’ve watched a couple seasons of the Amazing Race, and it’s legitimately one of the best reality show competitions out there.

  • BJ Nemeth

    @JimDonant — Tiffany makes her living primarily as a poker player sponsored by UltimateBet. I’d say that’s enough to qualify her for “professional” status.

    There are a lot of poker “pros” who play a lot of major events, but lose more than they win, but can afford it because they made their money in other industries. The point is that there isn’t one clear definition of professional poker player.