Welcome to Neuroatypical Poker!
My name is Kirsti. I’m a poker player and writer diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and ADD. I live in Finland with my husband whom I married in Las Vegas on September 2017. My husband also has Asperger’s syndrome, he doesn’t play poker though. 😀 I’m quite happy with my life now, but I’ve come a long way.
I grew up in Helsinki, Finland. While being a good student, I always felt like an outsider. I enjoyed being in my own private world, writing stories and playing my favorite video games. This didn´t change when I reached adulthood. Travelling around the world since young age, I always felt like being at home everywhere, and at the same time not belonging anywhere.
Studying literature and Japanese language at the University of Helsinki, my talent that had helped me do well at school so far, was no longer enough. I wasn´t getting good grades anymore. Moreover, even in the university I was unable to fit in with other students. I had already been treated with depression and anxiety since I was 18, and these problems still persisted in my 20s.
When I first heard about Asperger´s syndrome, it felt like that was me. It wasn´t until I was 28 when I was diagnosed with Asperger´s syndrome and ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. Finally, I was able to understand who I really was. Why I so often felt like I was from a wrong planet. I started a medication for ADD and my grades at the university went up immediately. I was able to concentrate and finally I finished my master´s thesis and graduated.
I´ve been playing video games since I was a kid, but I was nearly 30 when my friend introduced me to poker. At first, I played NL Texas Hold´Em small stakes cash games online. At the time I wasn´t very good at poker and didn´t really study on it either.
Eventually I got into NL Texas Hold´Em tournaments and found them much more captivating than cash games. I started interacting with other poker players and studying tournament poker. Now I´m a winning player and I love the fact that there´s always something to learn in poker.
WHY I WANT TO HELP YOU
As a poker player with Asperger´s syndrome and ADD, I know both the challenges and advantages poker players with these conditions face. I want to share with you what I´ve learnt so far.
Tilt, difficulty to concentrate, and bankroll management issues are only a few of the problems poker players with Asperger´s syndrome or ADHD are prone to. Luckily, there are ways to handle all of them, and we also have many advantages as poker players.
Normally, poker sites don´t talk about poker from a neuroatypical perspective. Poker, a challenging game for anyone, needs a neuroatypical point of view to help us with a different brain. That´s what I´m here for!
THE GOAL OF NEUROATYPICALPOKER.COM
This website is especially made for neuroatypical poker players with conditions such as Autism or ADHD. I will mostly talk about these conditions since they are the ones I have personal experience with.
However, all poker players and people willing to learn poker are welcome. Much of the content will probably be interesting to anyone willing to improve their poker skills.
I want to give you, fellow neuroatypical poker player, Asperger- and ADHD-friendly tips to help you play better poker.
My goal is to also make this website itself neuroatypical-friendly, so I do my best to make my posts clear and easy to follow for people who have issues with concentration.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to contact me, and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,