Writer Starts Playing Poker For New Book, Wins So Much Money She Puts Book On Hold (VIDEO)

A writer who started playing poker for the purpose of writing a book about it ended up getting so good that she decided to put the book on hold.

When I say writer, I’m not talking about some sports blogger. Maria Konnikova writes for The New Yorker and has penned not one but two New York Times best-sellers.

Last March Konnikova announced that she was going to dive into the world of professional poker, despite having absolutely no experience in the game, just so she could write a book about the experience. However, something very unexpected happened along the way. Konnikova got really good, really fast.

According to PokerNews, Konnikova won $86,400 by beating 240 people at the PCA National in January. Then she won another $57,519 at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour event in Macau in February.

Now, understandably, Konnikova is putting her book on hold to focus on her burgeoning poker career.

“PCA was the moment where everything kind of came together,” she told PokerNews. “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.”

Of course, though she may have been a complete poker novice, Konnikova also has some pretty unique advantages. Not only does she have poker legend Erik Seidel for a coach, she also has a PhD in psychology. In fact, it was her work as a psychologist that got her interested in poker.

While reading a book about game theory, Konnikova says she became interested in the interplay between chance and skill.

“How much of our lives do we control?” she asks. “Maximizing skill and not letting luck get to you…poker’s such a beautiful learning environment for that.

“It’s poker as a metaphor for life in general. I’m using this story to explore other themes and elements of what it means to be human. I think poker really brings that out.”

Konnikova now says her book will likely come out in the summer or fall of 2019. It sounds like it’ll be a pretty fascinating read.

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