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    The New York Times best seller! 

    “The tale of how Konnikova followed a story about poker players and wound up becoming a story herself will have you riveted, first as you learn about her big winnings, and then as she conveys the lessons she learned both about human nature and herself.” (The Washington Post)

    It's true that Maria 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. But she knew her man: a famously thoughtful and broad-minded player, he was intrigued by her pitch that she wasn't interested in making money so much as learning about life. She had faced a stretch of personal bad luck, and her reflections on the role of chance had led her to a giant of game theory, who pointed her to poker as the ultimate master class in learning to distinguish between what can be controlled and what can't. And she certainly brought something to the table, including a PhD in psychology and an acclaimed and growing body of work on human behavior and how to hack it. So Seidel was in, and soon she was down the rabbit hole with him, into the wild, fiercely competitive, overwhelmingly masculine world of high-stakes Texas Hold'em, their initial end point the following year's World Series of Poker. 

    But then something extraordinary happened. Under Seidel's guidance, Konnikova did have many epiphanies about life that derived from her new pursuit, including how to better read not just her opponents but far more importantly herself; how to identify what tilted her into an emotional state that got in the way of good decisions; and how to get to a place where she could accept luck for what it was, and what it wasn't. But she also began to win. And win. In a little over a year, she began making earnest money from tournaments, ultimately totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. She won a major title, got a sponsor, and got used to being on television, and to headlines like "How one writer's book deal turned her into a professional poker player." She even learned to like Las Vegas. 

    But in the end, Maria Konnikova is a writer and student of human behavior, and ultimately the point was to render her incredible journey into a container for its invaluable lessons. The biggest bluff of all, she learned, is that skill is enough. Bad cards will come our way, but keeping our focus on how we play them and not on the outcome will keep us moving through many a dark patch, until the luck once again breaks our way.

    ©2020 Maria Konnikova (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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    “I love it. Not only did The Biggest Bluff lead me into a complex and charismatic new world; it made me think about my own life and my own self-deceptions about control - and taught me to pay more attention to my own opponents, mine being of the tennis sort. The narrative is deftly crafted, and the journey - the self-examination, the oddball characters, the awful misogyny, the Aggros, the notion of tilt - accumulates in a seamless and satisfying way. I read this in what for me was record time.” (Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile

    “The narrative is so gripping that you might get halfway through The Biggest Bluff before you even notice that you're getting a master class in learning, focus, and decision making. I tore through it in two sittings, and haven't stopped thinking about it since.” (David Epstein, author of Range)

    “I absolutely love this book. The story is fantastically gripping, and offers lessons about decision making, luck, risk - and most important, how to play at life like a cool-headed pro. This is one of my favorite books of the year.” (Charles Duhigg, author of best sellers The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better)

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    • Curtis Hauge
    • 18/07/2020

    Only for Poker Fans. Not much there if you arent.

    Got this because of her CBS News interview. The impression I got from reading the introduction and a few reviews was that she would give some insight because of her psychological background some insight into how her foray into the world of high stakes poker changed her outlook on life after a series of misfortunes in her life. It really doesn't delve into that. She just says at the end that it gave her a more confident attitude about life. The rest of the book is the journey she took with poker champion mentors to become one herself. Here I would have liked to hear more insight into the personalities of these (mostly men) players and what drives them to succeed and why. But mostly it is a lot of poker theory and how she applied it to win. Yay for her but for someone like me who is a casual player at best I was expecting more about everything else.

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    • BreezyPalmera
    • 27/06/2020

    One of the best books on decision-making

    Maria Konnikova narrates the story of her foray into the game of poker, the lessons she learned from some of the greatest minds in the game, and what it taught her about herself in terms of making decisions. A book you won’t want to put down, with many gifts for your own life if you pay attention.

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    • Rich Tanguy
    • 21/07/2020

    Buy the Book

    Konnikova is an educated woman with an ability to explain complex psychological concepts in layman's language. She tells an interesting story once it gets going (@ chapter four). It is a fascinating topic that will engage your interest long after finishing the book.

    When will producers learn to STOP LETTING AUTHORS READ THEIR OWN BOOKS! I listened to this book while on a long distance drive. If my passenger had this voice, I would have abandoned her at the first rest stop.

    Buy the book. Plus I imagine it will have her data and studies referenced.

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    • Katie Chase
    • 14/07/2020

    Incredible story, applicable to life

    Absolutely loved this story. She set out to learn skills that could be amortized beyond poker and I think she got more than she bargained for.

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    • RGT
    • 11/07/2020

    Overall I enjoyed it

    Objective Review: Maria Konnikova's story, and the insights she shares are worth checking out. Subjective feelings about the audiobook version: She has a writing style, and voice, that was tough for me to enjoy at times.

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    • tsatske
    • 14/07/2020

    Amazingly Insightful!!

    I don’t, or well didn’t play poker, however, I really enjoy a good biography. That is how I happened upon this masterpiece of a book. It totally surprised me how much I loved it and I have continually discussed it with people throughout the past week as I’ve been listening. I’m now on the search for more psychological biographies!! I’ve picked up a little online poker in my free time. I’ve google searched Maria Konnikova and watched some videos, listened to some podcasts, and read some articles as a result of how very much I loved this book. This book is so, very good!! You won’t be disappointed.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 06/10/2020

    A boring book

    I am disappointed with this book . The reader has a terrible voice and the story seems to have little to no point. I could not finish this book due to the above reasons. The author should never read her own books.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 09/08/2020

    Not really a surprise

    Enjoyed the inside look at pro poker play. Is it really a life lesson or a surprise that having the money to commit to something full time, having the world’s best players, coaches and sports psychologists in your corner will help you achieve your goal??

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 25/06/2020

    Brilliant author and beautiful story

    Rarely listened to a more authentic book. Большое спасибо! Maria reading herself made it perfect.

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    • Armand Jarri
    • 01/08/2020

    Badly written

    This is bot a book on poker It is a badly written memoir. The author often gooes off on a tangent : personal banter, repetitions, name dropping. It is hard to see the thesis of the author. There is none.

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