Annie Duke

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Annie Duke "The Duchess Of Poker"

If you are an avid poker player, then you have probably heard of the poker pro Annie Duke. But what do you know about her other then that she is a poker pro?

Annie Duke was born in Concord, New Hampshire. Her father, Richard Lederer, a writer and linguist, was teaching at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Her brother Howard Lederer also became a poker pro. Her sister Katy Lederer is an amateur author and poet.

Annie Duke went to Columbus University, where she double-majored in English and psychology. She was awarded a NSF Fellowship to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania to study Cognitive psychology. She left school after 5 years to pursue family life with Husband Ben Duke.

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Ben and Annie moved to Columbus, Montana. While living in Montana, Annie Duke began playing poker in the legal card rooms in Billings, Montana. In order to support her desire to become a poker pro, Annie Duke and her husband Ben moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to 2004, her main claim to fame was her 10th place finish in the 2000 World Series of Poker, while 8 months pregnant with their 3rd child.

In 2002 they moved to Portland, Oregon. Annie Duke worked for ieLogic, a company that produces software for online real-time casino gambling. In 2004 Annie Duke and Husband Ben Duke divorced. In 2005 Annie Duke and her four children moved to Hollywood Hills, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

In 2004 Annie Duke received considerable publicity because she tutored Ben Affleck in the game of poker. Ben went on to win the 2004 California State Poker championship. Annie Duke has also been a spokesperson for the online poker website "Ultimate Bet" since 2005.

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Annie Duke has written many articles for Ultimate Bet. She mainly writes about Omaha Poker. She also has an autobiography on sale titled, "How I raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions at The World Series of Poker". She has many nicknames, such as Annie Legend, The Duke, and The Duchess of Poker.

Annie Duke's biggest win was about $300,000 in pot limit Omaha with $200-$400 blinds at Bellagio. Her biggest loss was $110,000 in a $1,000-$2000 mixed game. Annie Duke played in the inaugural $2 million WSOP Tournament of Champions, which was a 10-player, winner-take-all event.

Her win in that event placed her ahead of Kathy Liebert as the all-time leading female money winner. Annie Duke's winnings are now pushing 3 million dollars. Annie Duke is a true poker pro.


by Bones McCoy at on April 13, 2006

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