Maria Konnikova is described like this: «a writer who has become a poker pro». A few years ago, Mary was known all over the world as a best-selling author: «How to think like Sherlock Holmes» and «The Confidence Game». Now, the girl can safely be called a professional poker player since she takes part in large events and often reaches the prize zone.
Maria Konnikova was born in Russia, but when she was 4, her family moved to the USA, Massachusetts. The girl has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Maria is consistently published in «The New York Times» and «Scientific American». The subject of her articles is applying psychology to various life situations.
For the first time, Maria familiarized with poker in 2017. She started to play poker in order to gain the necessary knowledge for writing a new book. Her coach was the great player Erik Seidel.
The girl began to learn the game very quickly and just in one year of participation in live events Maria showed excellent results. In early 2018, Konnikova won the tournament at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and earned $84 600 in prize money.
According to Maria, in poker, she has a special focus on «luck» – it’s a thing that can’t be controlled at the game table. The girl set herself a specific goal – to play as many live tournaments as possible. As evidence of this, Maria often appears at the WSOP and EPT events, as well as at other large series.