Poker Player Player Maria Konnikova Featured in New York Times Interview
The Times featured an article on a retired poker professional -Vanessa Selbst, a couple of weeks ago. The article highlights how her life transforms as a hedge fund manager. Recently, the Times featured an article on psychologist/poker player -Maria Konnikova.
It is quite astounding to know what Konnikova has done over the last couple of years. After writing books that studied the thinking process of Sherlock Holmes and ways to implement the same into general life, Konnikova diverted her attention to the next direction. The writer, who attained her PhD in psychology from Columbia University in 2013, ultimately entered the world of poker. She settled in the industry which depicts the effects of luck and decision making.
In the recent article featured in the New York Times, Konnikova discussed her decision to make a career in poker, how she felt playing the games, and her future endeavors. Her story is acquiring attention and love from the mainstream media. Times writer Claudia Dreifus highlighted the efforts made by Maria Konnikova in her life and career. The aspect that is fascinating to know is her commentary on the game and the people around it. In the article, Dreifus mentioned that the interview continued for a couple of hours and provided in-depth info on who the lady is and how she made a career in the poker world.
She admitted that she had almost zero interest in casinos and also stated that it was quite critical for her to completely immerse in poker. She added that she needed to dedicate herself to the poker industry in this way, because if not then it would be just a writer’s experiment in the poker world. The player credits Seidel with the huge transformation, dedicating eight to nine hours per day behind the study, allowing her to bring up to the level of an international poker player.
Maria Konnikova is proficient at highlighting the ways in which females are still treated in the poker community. When Dreifus was inquired if the “poker pros” were good to her, she disclosed that she has been essentially called everything at the poker table. Moreover, she even mentions that there have been inapt proposals on the felt, which she confesses could be a trick to let her make ill decisions in the game.
The whole article is a wonderful interview with an individual who need not have to concern about ingratiating to the “poker world” for consent. She proves to be an exceptional ambassador for the poker game, brilliant and dedicated with her analysis. Lastly, she concluded that she is here to love the game and develop, and she may stay in the industry for a long time.