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Maria Konnikova

Author, Journalist & Pro Poker Player

Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Award finalist. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and is currently working on a book about poker and the balance of skill and luck in life, The Biggest Bluff, to be published in 2019 by Penguin Press. Having amassed over $230,000 in poker tournament earnings within one year and captured a major poker title during research for her upcoming book, in July 2018 Maria joined PokerStars Team Pro as an official ambassador. Maria’s writing has been featured in Best American Science and Nature Writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. Maria also hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin, and is currently a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.

My Sessions

From Student to Master: Lessons from a Remarkable Transition

In 2017, author, and psychologist, and Denter Maria Konnikova didn’t even know how many cards were in a typical deck. Today? Thanks to her research for a new book titled “The Biggest Bluff” she’s now a champion poker player with over $250,000 in winnings — and has learned a lot about luck, betting, and guts. […]

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