Annie Duke

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Annie Duke is a big deal in the world of poker. The sister of big-time pro-poker player, Howard Lederer, Annie starting playing as a child as both her parents were really into playing card games. Annie went to Columbia University studying English and Psychology and then went on and enrolled to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Annie first started to play poker professionally in 1991, during a break in her studies, Annie and her new husband Ben Duke moved to Montana and so she could earn some money towards paying her mortgage she started taking part in local poker tournaments. She was also being mentored in poker by her brother Howard at this time.

After a very impressive first attempt at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 1994 and winning $70k in her first month of serious competing (she placed 14th in her first tournament, 3rd in her second event and then made the money in the main event) Annie and Ben made the move to Las Vegas so that Annie could really go for it with her poker career, she had proved herself as a brilliant player.

Annie has always refused to take part in women-only tournaments saying, “Poker is one of the only sports where a woman can compete on a totally equal footing with a man.” She proved this point when at eight months pregnant she just missed out on making the 2000 main event table.

In 2004 Annie Duke won, at the time, the biggest ever prize awarded to a female poker player, $137,860 and more importantly won her first WSOP bracelet in an Omaha Hi-Lo event. She beat her brother Howard in this one! Annie was given a seat at the invite-only 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions Table.

In more recent years, Annie has raised a lot of money for charities such as Ante Up for Africa which she founded with actor Don C

headle and Norman Epstein, also Life Rolls On, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Boston. Annie has also become a celebrity, appearing on shows such as The Celebrity Apprentice and The Late Show with David Letterman. She has also coached poker to Hollywood stars Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Annie’s total winning now exceed $2,157,246! Not bad for a girl who only started playing the game out of desperation to make a few extra bucks!

 

 

About Annie…

Name: Annie Duke​

Age: 47

​Lives in: Los Angeles, USA

Cashes: 51​

First Place Finishes: 4

Total Winnings: $2,157,246​

Favourite Poker Game: Omaha 8 or better

 

 

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