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.