I really enjoyed Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions when you don’t have all of the facts. I’m not an active poker player, although I do enjoy the game. My friend Jun plays the game much more than I do and is a lot better. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed listening to stories of how he’s talked people in and out of plays. I get the sense that he plays in a non-emotional fashion, similar to Annie Duke.
By listening to this book and researching Annie Duke, I found it interesting to learn how her graduate work in psychology informed the way she approached the game of poker — and helped her rack up wins.
She discusses the power of surrounding yourself with people who can help you expand your circle of competence — and how that made all the difference in Annie’s development as a player.
Thanks to Andrew Ettinger from Pivotal for bringing this to my attention. If you don’t already follow him on twitter you should.