An author from New York who set out to write a book exploring the minds of poker players has put her writing on hold after winning big.
About a year ago, Maria Konnikova, 34, set out to dive into the world of professional poker as research for a new book about the game.
Under the guidance of professionals, the two-time New York Times Best-Selling Author has become a six-figure poker winner from dominating the table at national tournaments.
Now the Russian-born author has turned the project into a profession with no immediate plans to stop her winning-streak after bringing home $84,600 and $57,519 in two tournament this year.
Maria Konnikova, 34, set out to write a book exploring the minds of poker professionals in action last year
Now the two-time New York Times Best Selling author's book plans are taking a back seat after winning big
Kannikova, who has a PhD in psychology, started with a few second-place finishes adding up to $30,000.
But it may be more than beginners luck as the amateur battled through three long days and a 240-person field to take home her first ever title in the PCA National, winning $86,400 earlier this year.
'PCA was the moment where everything kind of came together,' Konnikova told Poker News.
'I'm learning and it's sticking and I'm playing well.