All-In: Lessons on Decision Making From A Legendary Poker Player

Adam Pascarella
Apr 6, 2018 · 8 min read
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You can find the Annie Duke interview on iTunes or Google Play.

While I encourage you to check out the entire interview, I’ve selected some of my favorite insights that I gathered when speaking with Annie.

1. Why Life is Like Poker

A poker table is a highly-charged environment that contains hidden clues and incomplete information. Players like Annie are able to look at their own cards and, in some games, see community cards that are placed in the middle of the table. They can see the reaction of other players when they view their cards and can use opponents’ bets as hints on the strength of their hands.

2. The Problem of “Resulting” in Decision Making

Annie presents an intriguing question in Thinking in Bets.

3. Thinking in Bets

So how can we increase the odds that we are thinking more objectively and rationally when evaluating an upcoming decision?

4. Embrace the Premortem

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

5. Find Two Buddies

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news.

Becoming Better Decision Makers

Thinking in Bets is an outstanding book that can guide us as we make decisions in our everyday lives. It certainly isn’t easy, but adopting some of Annie’s strategies can help us become less emotional and less biased when looking at the future.



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Adam Pascarella

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