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Here’s a timeline of some key moments in Annie’s career:

  • Academic Foundation, 1987

    Before even playing poker, Annie double-majored in English and psychology, then went on to pursue a doctorate in cognitive linguistics.

  • Awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1998

    Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating with a double major in English and Psychology from Columbia University.

  • Beginner’s Luck, 1992

    After being encouraged by her brother, Annie played in the Crystal Lounge in Billings, Montana before moving to Las Vegas to play professionally.

  • Delivered first speech on strategic decision making, 2002

    Spoke to the leadership of a privately-owned hedge fund, Parallax Fund, L.P.

  • Winner of WSOP Tournament of Champions, 2004

    The same year that Annie bested a field of 234 players to win her first WSOP, she also won the Tournament of Champions

  • Won her first WSOP bracelet, 2004

    Annie bested a field of 234 players to win her first WSOP bracelet

  • Authored First Book, 2005

    Annie wrote her autobiography How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker.

  • Co-Founded Ante Up for Africa, 2007

    Annie joined up with a friend to create charity poker tournaments that raised more than $700,000 over four years.


    Appeared on the hit NBC game show hosted by Bob Saget, where she competed against a mob of 100 other contestants

  • Finalist on Celebrity Apprentice, 2009

    Annie was the second place victor in Season 8, raising $700,000 for her selected charity, Refugees International

  • Won NBC National Heads’-Up Poker Championship, 2010

    After taking time off from poker to put her family first, Annie returned to the table and won.

  • Appeared on hit TV Show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”, 2010

    Was a contestant on the hit TV Show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy

  • First Poker Strategy Book Published, 2011

    Annie wrote her first book Decide to Play Great Poker, a strategy book for no-limit hold’em, was published in June 2011.

  • Became a Moth Storyteller, 2011

    Annie took the stage for the first time to tell her story “A House Divided” in front of a live audience

  • Became a board member for After School All-Stars, 2013

    Annie joined Arnold Schwarzenegger at After School All-Stars to help provide comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.

  • How I Decide, 2014

    Launched nonprofit to help young people develop the essential life skills of critical thinking and decision making.

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Annie in the Community

An engaged activist and philanthropist, Annie Duke has leveraged her success and celebrity to champion great causes around the world.

All of the books written by Annie Duke- Heads Up, Middle Zone, Decide to be Great, and How I Raised.

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The result of a hand is not as important as the decisions made along the way.

-Annie Duke