Author. Speaker. Decision Strategist.
Annie loves to dive deep into decision making under uncertainty. Her latest obsession is on the topic of quitting. In particular, she is on a mission to rehabilitate the term and get people to be proud of walking away from things.
Annie is an author, speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space, as well as Special Partner focused on Decision Science at First Round Capital Partners, a seed stage venture fund. Annie’s latest book, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away, was released in 2022 from Portfolio, a Penguin Random House imprint. Her previous book, Thinking in Bets, is 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. In 2023 Annie completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at UPenn.
Annie is the co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education, a non-profit whose mission is to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. She is a member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute.
From the bestselling author of Thinking in Bets comes a toolkit for mastering the skill of quitting to achieve greater success.Read MoreOctober 4, 2022
First Round Capital brought on Annie Duke as a Special Partner in Decision Science focused on coaching First Round VCs and their founders through challenging decisions.Read MoreApril 6, 2022
In the follow-up to her national best seller, Thinking In Bets, Annie merges her poker expertise with her cognitive psychology research to create a series of tools anyone can learn to make better decisions. Grab your copy now.Read MoreOctober 13, 2020
Published Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, her First Book for General Audiences
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 situationRead MoreFebruary 6, 2018
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.Read MoreApril 4, 2013
Was a contestant on the hit TV Show hosted by Jeff FoxworthyRead MoreMay 3, 2010
After taking time off from poker to put her family first, Annie returned to the table and won.Read MoreMay 3, 2010
Spoke to the leadership of a privately-owned hedge fund, Parallax Fund, L.P.Read MoreMay 3, 2002
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