Maria Konnikova

This ‘New Yorker’ Writer Entered a Poker Competition For Research – and Won Big

Maria Konnikova, a writer for the New Yorker, announced last year that she was attempting to delve into the world of professional poker. As a new poker player, her motivation was writing a book about her experiences, but turns out the book is on hold because Konnikova is simply just too good at poker.


In her first tournament, the now-former-writer won nearly $60,000. She won an additional $86,400 after winning the PCA National. 


“PCA was the moment where everything kind of came together,” said Konnikova. “I’m learning and it’s sticking and I’m playing well. It’s a really wonderful feeling when you’re studying and working to have that validated.”


To be fair, Konnikova has been coached by one of the best, legendary player Erik Seidel. She has a PhD. She went into this hoping to come out with research for a book, but instead used her skill to win a whole bunch of money.


With her pushed-back schedule, Konnikova has plans to release her book in summer or fall of 2019. I can’t wait for the eventual book that comes out of this, but for now, I’m hyped on how successful she’s been, demolishing professional poker players left and right at their own game.


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