Maria Konnikova originally began playing poker to research an upcoming book. But the bestselling author soon found herself experiencing success on the felt. Now, Konnikova has even more reason to hang around the poker world after signing a deal with PokerStars.
She was approached about being a brand ambassador this summer. Konnikova and PokerStars were recently able to work out a deal.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the PokerStars team,” she said. “It’s been wonderful to be an unofficial ambassador with PokerStars for this past year, and I feel it’s a tremendous honor to be joining the team officially now.
“I never could have imagined poker becoming as big a part of my life as it has, and joining PokerStars offers me an incredible opportunity to take my game to the next level and to represent a brand that I’ve come to admire greatly.”
Konnikova Goes from Beginner to Poker Champion
Maria Konnikova didn’t even know how many cards were in the deck when she started playing poker. However, she picked up tips from 8-time WSOP champ Eric Seidel to accelerate her learning process. The psychologist also consulted poker pro Phil Galfond on the finer points of the game.
This training was originally supposed to be for a one-year poker foray that would culminate in The Biggest Bluff. But successes in a 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $1.5k NLHE event (1st, $84,600) and a 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau HK$5k NLHE tourney (2nd, $57,519) have motivated her to continue playing.
More on Konnikova’s Writing Career
With $207,050 in live tournament winnings in just over a year’s time, Maria Konnikova has already proven to be a poker success. But eventually, she’ll go back to what she does best – writing.
The Russian-American has written How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (2013) and The Confidence Game (2016), both of which are best sellers. It’s unclear when she’ll finish The Biggest Bluff, given that she’s now a sponsored poker player. But she’ll likely find time in between tournaments to finish the work.