Maria Konnikova Giving $30k Platimum Pass to Best Storyteller

Author Maria Konnikova Will Award $30K PokerStars Platinum Pass to Best Storyteller

If you can tell a story like Maria Konnikova, you just might have what it takes to win a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas. The author turned poker player will award one pass to the person who creates the most intriguing story.

Maria Konnikova

Author turned poker player Maria Konnikova is awarding one $30k Platinum Pass to the best storyteller. (Image: PokerStars)

The PokerStars Team Pro is accepting submissions, either written or video, from poker fans. The individual who tells the most compelling story wins.

A Platinum Pass includes a $25,000 seat into the first-ever PSPC event and $5,000 for travel expenses. The high-stakes tournament has an $8 million guaranteed prize pool.

Can You Tell Stories Like Maria Konnikova?

As a published author, Konnikova knows how to tell an interesting story. But now she’s looking to read poker stories from her fans.

Konnikova set out to write a book on poker last year but instead quit the project to play poker professionally. She found early success in the game and realized playing cards was an even better way to earn a living. In less than two years, she’s won more than $240,000 in tournaments.

The PokerStars pro will select one creative winner to play in the PSPC. Her Platinum Pass is one of 300 to be awarded throughout 2018. Each Team Pro member selects creative ways to reward poker players with their own pass. Daniel Negreanu, for example, is using his platform as an opportunity to help a worthy charity and a poker player.

How to Win

To win your free Platinum Pass, you’ll some creativity. Even if you have minimal experience writing, Konnikova believes “we’re all potential storytellers.” So, what is she looking for from contestants?

“Find a moment in your past when you excelled (or failed!) at any of these, and tell me about it. What happened? Why has it stuck with you? What did you learn?” she wrote on the PokerStars blog. “Tell us a story that teaches you something about poker, good or bad.”

Story Guidelines:

If written, the story must be at least 250 words. Videos submissions are required to reach the one-minute mark. Content should flow nicely, be original, and have some sort of relevance to poker.

Per Konnikova’s blog post, she will judge submissions on “clarity” and “overall artistry.” She hasn’t said how many submissions she’s received, but it’s safe to assume there will be hundreds of competitors. So, it would be wise to spend some time thinking about how you can catch her attention.

To submit your story, which must be received before October 1, post it on Twitter using the hashtag #MyPokerStory. Then send a link to your story to Make sure you include your name, country, and a short bio in the email.


Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


korneel wrote...

Too bad it’s due to tommorow.
Otherwise I would have tried this.

hugh blair wrote...

Story sent for the laugh hope that cardschat link will do as have to join twitter still will look in to it.

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