The Biggest Bluff

Maria Konnikova

The Biggest Bluff



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Maria Konnikova, who had never played poker before, embarked on a path of study and practice flanked by the legendary champion Erik Seidel, with the intention of competing in the World Poker Championships in Las Vegas. During the course of her venture, as recounted in The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win , the author discovered that a game of poker has striking similarities to real life, and was ultimately able to learn some invaluable lessons that can be useful in every area of life.

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Analysis and key concepts


Poker teaches us to only care about the things we can control


The game of poker inspired the very famous Theory of Games formulated by John Von Neumann, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the twentieth century


Poker as an analogy of everyday life: this card game can teach us excellent life lessons


The quality of a choice shouldn’t be judged on the basis of the results it brings, but on the basis of the information we had available at the time the decision was made


Focusing on the process rather than the result is the best way to achieve any goal


Losing, making mistakes, having patience, and perseverance: the four pillars to learning anything (and winning)


Waiting and observing the reality around us is essential to be able to make better decisions


Playing poker passively is like living life passively: when all is said and done, you end up losing




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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn how to make better decisions.
  • Stay focused, and achieve your goals.
  • Bring more awareness to how you approach both business and life.

Maria Konnikova is a Russian-American writer with a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University in the United States. She has worked as a television producer, and has written for many magazines, as well as contributing to numerous online publications. She has written two best-selling books over the course of her career that reached the top of The New York Times bestsellers charts in America. She mainly writes about topics related to psychology and its applications in everyday life.

Publishing house:

Penguin Books