If you decided to participate at the World Poker Tour for the first time, how far would you make it? When Annie Duke made her first public appearance in the world of poker, she showed that not only men play good poker. Years and years of competing took her to a respectable 14th place and approximately $70,000 wealthier.
Annie grew up in the city of Concord, New Hampshire and earned a valuable graduation at the prestigious Saint Paulís prep school. Annie felt like she did not quite fit in at school, but decided to matriculate at the University of Columbia. Her parents were hard-working teachers who encouraged young Annie to become one too. But after some time in Columbia, Annie decided to go for a graduation in cognitive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1991, Annie married to Ben Duke who turned her life around. She no longer wanted to study more psychology, nor did she want to pursue with any other studies whatsoever. Instead, she began gambling at local poker rooms, which went pretty well considering the fact that the two managed to pay off the mortgage on their first home.
Annieís move to the world of poker came as no surprise to anyone who knew her. Her real name is Annie Lederer, sister to Howard Lederer, who is also known as the Poker Professor. The two constantly battled their parents and each other over a game of cards and it is told that Annieís father never let her win intentionally.
The story we know about Annie and her dedication to poker began with her first attempt at the World Poker Tour. The Dukes later realized that a move to Las Vegas was imminent and moved there the very same year as her major breakthrough. Since then, Annie has participated in numerous events and finished at 10th place at the World Series of Poker 2000. Her successes lead to a contract with Ultimate Bet, a major online poker room that signed a contract with Annie who became a spokesperson for the company.
Mrs. Poker Professor had her biggest breakthrough in 2004 when she was invited to the inaugural World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, an even with a total prize pool of a staggering $2,000,000 and 10 super celebrities, such as WSOP champion Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey and even her own brother. Add to that her win at the State Poker Championship of California 2004 and her tutoring skills that made Ben Affleck win the very same event a year later.
Annie is still an active poker player and has been involved in many poker related activities. She is a frequent tournament player, a columnist and even a poker camp co-owner. So if you want to bend it like Affleck, you may want to join the band and learn what you can.
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