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BREAKING: Author and journalist Maria Konnikova becomes PokerStars Ambassador
On what she credits with her success so far
"I think it's a combination of factors. First, I've completely immersed myself in poker. When I'm not playing, I'm studying--8, 9 hours a day. It's an incredibly intense regime, but one that I determined was necessary if I had any shot of ramping up and improving in a short period of time. So, hard work is definitely a huge part of it.

"That, and the fact that I do have a different background from most players, in psychology and writing; I've tried to leverage that to poker to gain an edge at the table in situations where I don't necessarily have the same level of experience as everyone else.
luck  poker  research 
9 weeks ago by craniac
Cat Hulbert: How I got rich beating men at their own game - BBC News
Over the course of a game, I was able to turn my opponents' insecurities into rage. The more they lost emotional control, the worse they played.
Even men who were not involved in a hand rooted against me and would openly cheer when I lost. I played against one Iranian man who would lean over and punch me every time I won his chips. He made it look like it was done in jest, but day after day I was going home with a black-and-blue on my arm.

The smartest people I have known in my life were blackjack players. IQs over 150. Some of them quit the game after a while because they were able to make a lot more money on Wall Street.
Others died. They died from drugs or depression or not taking care of themselves.
The man who I'd spoken to across the table - I will call him Peter - was one such mathematical genius. He wore his trousers up high around his waist, so you could see his socks. I've always found these arrogant, emotionally stunted people irresistible and he and I began a relationship.

David steered me towards a calmer and more regimented lifestyle. I played for five days a week, then had a weekend like a normal person. I did not drink the night before playing, and in the morning I did not take calls or make plans to see friends. I just focused my mind with mental exercises and took careful stock of my mood.
I would arrive at the casino at noon and, if I was losing, leave no later than 8pm.

live in a nice house with lots of unique art objects. I swim, watch Yankees baseball and Netflix, read, write and care for my animal buddies. My best days are when I have no interaction with the human species whatsoever.

I create no havoc. No-one gossips about me. I'm just an old crone that calls everybody "honey". As my behaviour becomes more normal, more predictable, my friends and family feel increased trust.
gambling  feminism  poker 
june 2017 by craniac

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