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Annie Duke

Author, Speaker and Decision Strategist

Annie is an author, corporate speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space. In 2018 Annie’s first book for general audiences, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, quickly became a national bestseller. 

As a former professional poker player, she has won more than $4 million in tournament poker. During her career, Annie won a World Series of Poker bracelet and is the only woman to have won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship. She retired from the game in 2012. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Annie is the co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education, a non-profit whose mission to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. She is also a member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute. In 2020, she joined the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative.

Annie’s Timeline

Academic Foundation, 1987

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

Read MoreApril 4, 1987

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.

Read MoreMarch 28, 1988

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.

Read MoreMarch 28, 1992

Delivered first speech on strategic decision making, 2002

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

Read MoreMay 3, 2002

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

Read MoreMarch 28, 2004

Won her first WSOP bracelet, 2004

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

Read MoreApril 4, 2004

Authored First Book, 2005

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

Read MoreMay 3, 2005

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.

Read MoreMarch 28, 2007


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

Read MoreMay 3, 2007

Finalist on Celebrity Apprentice, 2009

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

Read MoreMay 3, 2009

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.

Read MoreMay 3, 2010

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

Read MoreMay 3, 2010

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.

Read MoreMarch 28, 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

Read MoreMay 3, 2011

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.

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How I Decide, 2014

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

Read MoreMarch 28, 2014

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.

Read MoreJuly 11, 2016

Wrote First Book for General Audiences, 2018

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

Read MoreFebruary 6, 2018


RDI’s mission is to protect and promote democratic values and freedom in the U.S. and around the world.

Read MoreApril 7, 2020

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