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Maria Konnikova On ‘The Biggest Bluff’

Renee Bright

  It has all the makings of a Hollywood film: A Harvard-trained psychologist approaches a professional poker player about showing her the in’s and out’s of the world of high stakes poker as a way to study human behavior. 

Only, it isn’t fiction, but rather the real-life story of best-selling author and psychologist Maria Konnikova. After approaching poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel, Konnikova, who started the project to learn about others, spent a year learning mostly about herself. In her book The Biggest Bluff, Konnikova details her journey in the world of poker – as well as her own extraordinary success as a player – and also the lessons she took away from the table. She learned that while we will all get our share of bad cards, it’s how we play them that matters in the end.

Maria Konnikova’s book is The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself and Win. [Bookshop | Amazon | Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.