The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova Pdf

The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova Pdf

Download The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova Pdf book free online. The story of how Konnikova was inspired by a story about poker players and ended up becoming a story herself will keep you enthralled, first as you learn about her large victories, and then as she shares the lessons she learnt about human nature and herself.” (According to The Washington Post). GET FREE AUDIOBOOK

Maria Konnikova had never played poker before and had no idea what the rules were when she approached Erik Seidel, a Poker Hall of Fame inductee who had won tens of millions of dollars, and persuaded him to be her coach. But she knew her man: a well-known smart and broad-minded player, he was captivated by her pitch that she was more interested in learning about life than making money. She’d had a run of terrible luck, and her meditations on the role of luck had led her to a game theory giant, who recommended poker as the ultimate master class in how to discriminate between what can and can’t be controlled. And she certainly brought something to the table, with a PhD in psychology and a growing corpus of work on human behavior and how to manipulate it. So Seidel was in, and she was soon following him down the rabbit hole into the wild, fiercely competitive, overwhelmingly masculine world of high-stakes Texas Hold’em, with the World Series of Poker the following year as their original destination.

But then something remarkable occurred. Konnikova had several life epiphanies under Seidel’s tutelage, including how to better read not just her opponents, but herself; how to understand what threw her into an emotional state that prevented her from making sound decisions; and how to embrace luck for what it was, and what it wasn’t. She did, however, start to win. And you’re going to win. She began earning money from tournaments in less than a year, eventually earning hundreds of thousands of dollars. She won a big title, attracted a sponsor, and became accustomed to appearing on television and reading headlines like “How one writer’s book contract converted her into a professional poker player.” She even grew to appreciate Las Vegas.

But, at the end of the day, Maria Konnikova is a writer and a student of human behavior, and the goal was to turn her remarkable adventure into a container for its priceless teachings. The worst fake of all, she discovered, is believing that talent is sufficient. Bad cards will be dealt to us, but focusing on how we play them rather than the outcome will keep us moving forward through many a dark period until luck returns.

About the Author

Mastermind and The Confidence Game are written by Maria Konnikova. She is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and has written for a variety of magazines, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, Wired, and Smithsonian. Her work has garnered multiple accolades, including the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award. Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament profits while researching The Biggest Bluff. Maria is also a visiting fellow at NYU’s School of Journalism and presents the Panoply Media show The Grift. In 2019, she was nominated for a National Magazine Award for her podcasting work. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University.

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