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How an Author Became a Professional Poker Player

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New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor Maria Konnikova joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio. Konnikova had never actually played poker before and didn’t even know the rules when she approached Erik Seidel, Poker Hall of Fame inductee and winner of tens of millions of dollars in earnings, and convinced him to be her mentor. Maria parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run as a professional poker player, which she tells about in her new book, The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win.