Annie Duke

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She has been involved in advocacy on a number of poker-related issues including advocating for the legality of online gambling and for players' rights to control their own image. Duke was co-founder, executive vice president, and commissioner of the Epic Poker League from which failed in and is now bankrupt with many investors upset over how it was managed. She enrolled at Columbia University where she pursued a double major in English and psychology.

In , she married Ben Duke, and moved to Billings, Montana. They were married until and had four children. In , Duke and her children relocated to Hollywood Hills, California. Duke first played Texas hold'em at age 22 in a casino and continued to play for fun in Las Vegas casinos while visiting her brother, Howard Lederer, during her graduate school years. In the first two tournaments of the World Series of Poker, Duke placed 14th and 5th, and finished 26th in the Main Event.

From onward, she became well known for her high-profile achievements in WSOP events. From to , Duke worked as a spokesperson and consultant for ieLogic, a company that developed online poker software for multiplayer poker websites including Ultimate Bet. Duke represented Ultimate Bet as a spokesperson until December , when she announced that she was leaving the company. On two occasions, Duke has testified in Congress on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance regarding the legality of Internet gambling.

In , she appeared in front of the House Committee on the Judiciary to testify against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of , [20] and in , she appeared in front of the House Committee on Financial Services to provide support for H. As well as her advocacy regarding online gambling on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance, [20] Duke has also been involved in debate about whether players should be allowed to wear the logos of their sponsor companies at televised poker events.

In the mids, she was one of a number of players that argued against such restrictions being placed on players. In , she was one of seven players who filed a lawsuit against the World Poker Tour WPT , alleging that the WPT's release forms, required for participation in their events, were anti-competitive and violated individuals' rights to their own image. Duke has opposed and avoided playing at the WSOP Ladies Event, arguing that having a separate WSOP bracelet event for women suggests that there is a difference in intellect between men and women.

Duke was a co-founder and commissioner of the Epic Poker League , [31] which sponsored three tournaments at the Palms Casino Resort in After Epic Poker held its first three planned events, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on February 28, The index ranks the top live tournament poker players each week.

Duke's book Decide to Play Great Poker , a strategy book for no-limit hold'em, was published in June The book was co-authored with John Vorhaus. Duke, actor Don Cheadle , and a mutual friend, Norman Epstein, co-founded the non-profit Ante Up for Africa in to raise money with poker tournaments for charities benefiting African countries. In , Duke entered the reality television show Celebrity Apprentice to raise money for Refugees International.

After the season ended, fans continued to donate to Refugees International and in May Duke hosted a charity poker tournament at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to benefit the charity. From , Duke served as a member of the board of directors for the Decision Education Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, California which provides training for teachers and mentors to produce curricula focused on decision-making skills for their students.

In , Annie Duke founded How I Decide, [55] a nonprofit to help young people develop the essential life skills of critical thinking and decision making. In , she went on to join the Board of Directors for the Franklin Institute, one of America's oldest and greatest museums.

Duke wrote an autobiography titled Annie Duke: In the mids, Duke was a producer and consultant for All In , a pilot television show for NBC based on her life, in which she was portrayed by Janeane Garofalo ; the series was not picked up by the network. In the same time period, she also created Annie Duke Takes on the World , a television show on the Game Show Network in which she played poker against amateur players.

She has appeared on a number of television shows, including being the first poker personality to appear on The Colbert Report on January 30, , [59] and finishing in second place in the season of Celebrity Apprentice. On the latter, she answered correctly to 35 questions in a row before she was eliminated. She also reappeared for the "last man standing" game finishing in the final 5. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Annie Duke Duke in Retrieved 21 February The New York Times.

Retrieved March 5, I hope that I will be remembered for two reasons, the first to have 24 bracelets, and the second to have a lot of positive influence on people's lives.

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