Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova

Author Maria Konnikova could never have imagined herself playing poker regularly, let alone becoming a member of Team PokerStars Pro. With a PhD in psychology and two best-selling books to her name, Maria planned on taking a quick dive into the poker world to research a new book about luck. It wasn’t long until she realised two things: 1) she was falling in love with the game, and 2) there’s a lot more to poker than luck.


From advertising copywriter to TV writer, journalist and author, Maria’s path to Team PokerStars Pro is a unique one. Having graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology and fiction writing, she has always worked with words. Her first two books were both New York Times best-sellers, exploring themes of logical thinking and psychology. A third book was intended to be about chance, and for research Maria immersed herself in the world of poker. She discovered a new passion, and a talent for the game that has already seen her win a title at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).

Focusing almost exclusively on NLHE tournaments, plus a little Pot Limit Omaha, Maria has received coaching and encouragement from some of the best players in the game, including Erik Seidel, Phil ‘MrSweets28’ Galfond and Jason Koon. As a member of Team PokerStars Pro, she wants to share her love of poker and her belief in its ability to make people into better decision-makers – and not just at the table. Maria believes that poker can help us become the best versions of ourselves, and hopes to spread that message to those who, like her, couldn’t imagine ever becoming a part of the poker community.

Career Highlights

EventDatePositionPrize
PCA National $1,650 NLHE January 2018 1st $84,600
APPT 2018 HK$20,000 NLHE March 2018 2nd $57,519
PCA Main Event $10,300 NLHE January 2018 42nd $22,020

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