Maria Konnikova reaches final 24 in WPT Borgata Poker Open

It's been one heck of a year so far for acclaimed writer turned acclaimed poker player Maria Konnikova, and the Team PokerStars Pro could be set to add another big result to her résumé.

As Konnikova herself told us via her Twitter, she's now through to Day 4 and the final 24 players in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open.



New York Times best-selling author Konnikova decided to enter the poker world in 2017 with little to no knowledge of the game; an effort to discover how the poker skills she'd pick up could be transferred to live a more successful life away from the tables, which she'd then outline in her upcoming book, "The Biggest Bluff".

Incredibly, through hard work and perseverance, Konnikova's game progressed quicker than any of us could have predicted. At the 2018 PCA in January, she took down the $1,650 National event for $84,600 and a $30,000 Platinum Pass, her biggest score to date. Since then, she has continued to travel the poker circuit, even dabbling some High Rollers.

On a side note: Konnikova herself is now giving YOU the chance to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass of your own. Want to find out how? Click here for the details.


Read about the writer's journey: "Konnikova seals the deal as the Biggest Bluff pays off".

Now she's looking to add a WPT title. This $3,500 buy-in event attracted 1,075 entrants, and created a prize pool of $3,441,075. All remaining 24 players are guaranteed $20,565 when they return today, but that amount pales in comparison to the $575,112 set aside for the eventual champ.

Konnikova will return 19th in chips with a stack of 725,000 and blinds resuming at 15K/25K with a 25K big blind ante. With 29 big blinds, Konnikova is certainly still in with a shot.

Here's a look at the full chip counts overnight:

1. Liam He - 5,630,000
2. Oleg Shnaider - 5,020,000
3. Erkut Yilmaz - 3,065,000
4. Dhaval Joshi - 2,700,000
5. Anthony Maio - 2,550,000
6. Nick Pupillo - 2,535,000
7. Austin Wentling - 2,520,000
8. Michael Wang - 1,845,000
9. Aaron Kweskin - 1,750,000
10. Ali Imsirovic - 1,695,000
11. Greg Himmelbrand - 1,520,000
12. John Lakatosh - 1,425,000
13. Chris Grove - 1,400,000
14. Millard Hale - 1,365,000
15. T.K. Miles - 1,285,000
16. Ricky Lee - 1,270,000
17. Ryan Jones - 1,195,000
18. Ben Diebold - 1,120,000
19. Maria Konnikova - 725,000
20. Trevor Savage - 610,000
21. John Cosgrove - 430,000
22. Frank Stepuchin - 425,000
23. Joseph Liberta - 405,000
24. Noeung Troeung - 395,000

We'll be keeping a close eye on Konnikova's progress, so stay tuned to PokerStars Blog --and head to her Twitter-- to stay in the know.

Konnikova in the hunt for a WPT title


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Jack Stanton
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