Maria is an award-winning author, journalist, and international champion poker player. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Game, winner of the 2016 Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking, and Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, an Anthony and Agatha Awards finalist. She is currently working on a book about poker and the balance of skill and luck in life, The Biggest Bluff, to be published in 2020 by Penguin Press. Maria’s writing has been translated into over 20 languages. She also hosts the podcast "The Grift" from Panoply Media, a show that explores con artists and the lives they ruin. Maria graduated from Harvard University and holds a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University.