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1987

  • 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, 1988

    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 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

  • showcased her trivia skills on 1 vs 100, 2007

    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

  • Founded how i decide, 2014

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

  • joined the franklin institute board, 2016

    Annie was asked to join the board of directors of the Franklin Institute, one of America’s oldest and greatest museums

  • Wrote First Book for General Audiences, 2018

    Her new book, Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, teaches readers to get comfortable with uncertainty and make smarter decisions in any situation

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

-Annie Duke