Best-selling author puts book about poker on hold after research leads to her ...

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

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

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.

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