About Annie Duke

Annie Duke
Annie Duke

When it comes to women making money in the game of poker, Annie Duke is one of the best in the business.

Having grown up in a card-playing household in New Hampshire, Duke learned to play poker with her family and followed her brother Howard Lederer into a pro poker career after giving up her doctorate research at the University of Pennsylvania to get married and move to Montana.

She started out playing in some local cardrooms and then Lederer suggested she take on the World Series of Poker in 1994. It turned out to be a winning proposition as she cashed in four events, one of which was a final-table finish and another was the Main Event.

Since then she's accumulated millions of dollars in tournament cashes, a WSOP bracelet win 2004 along with winning the WSOP Tournament of Champions event that same year, and several World Poker Tour cashes.

Duke uses her poker expertise and experience to teach others the game as well. She is an instructor for the WSOP Academy and for the poker training site ProPlayLive.com.

She is a sponsored pro at UltimateBet as well, and in 2008 she added to her duties for the online poker sites by taking on the role of consultant to improve the sites poker offerings for players.

As one of the top female players in the game, Duke's public profile has grown quite a bit outside of the poker realm as well.

In 2009 she starred on Celebrity Apprentice alongside stars such as Dennis Rodman, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Clint Black and more. She played the boardroom game well enough to make it into the final against Joan Rivers but fell just short of winning.

During the show she raised more than $700,000 for Refugees International. She uses her celebrity to raise money for that and other organizations that help aid humanitarian efforts in Darfur as well with her Ante Up for Africa Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament in Las Vegas during the WSOP each year. She co-created the tournament with Don Cheadle. Duke has also helped with fundraising efforts for Children's Hospital and other charities.

Player Analysis

Annie is articulate and attractive which makes her a natural for television. Annie plays all of the limit games well. She worked hard on her game when she was an up-and- coming player and is one of the top two all-around female poker players, Jennifer Harman being the other. Annie is the leading money winner among women at the World Series of Poker.

As of late, most of Annie’s time is dedicated to being a mother, working for UltimateBet, and tending to activities related to her role in the explosion of poker.

Amusing Anecdote

Annie used to make a habit of sitting behind the better players and watching them for an hour or so. I let Annie sit behind me one time, although I was unaccustomed to having anyone watch the way I played. I didn’t say anything because Annie had always been very nice to me and she was a relative beginner at that point anyway.

After 30 minutes or so Annie said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t sit behind you anymore. The other players have complained privately to me that you play better when I’m watching you.”

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
8 $25,000.00 WSOP 2010 - 2010 Tournament of Champions
1 $500,000.00 2010 Special - 2010 NBC Heads-Up Championship
19 $45,773.00 WPT Season 8 - LA Poker Classic
8 $58,049.00 2009 WSOP - Event 18 - $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
30 $6,566.00 2009 WSOP - Event 3 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
76 $21,620.00 WPT Season 7 - Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
5 $73,602.00 2008 WSOP - Event 33, World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
21 £30,770.00 2007 WSOPE - Event 3, No-Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event
17 $28,040.00 2007 WSOP - Event 50, World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha
13 $15,134.00 2007 WSOP - Event 36, World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
3 $75,210.00 2007 WSOP - Event 5, Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
88 $51,129.00 2006 WSOP - Event 39, No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event
33 $2,868.00 2006 WSOP - Event 35, Seven Card Hi Low Split
4 $88,500.00 2005 WSOP - Event 28, $5,000 Limit Hold'em
53 $3,230.00 2005 WSOP - Event 16, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em Shootout
32 $7,705.00 2005 WSOP - Event 7, $1,000 No-limit Hold'em w/rebuys
16 $10,135.00 2005 WSOP - Event 4, $1,500 Limit Hold'em
3 $0.00 WPT Specials - WPT Ladies Night I