Annie Duke: Poker Champion, Betting to Win on Business, Life and Politics


Annie Duke, world champion poker player (retired), sought-after speaker, and best-selling author joins Dave Sussman to discuss how Thinking in Bets can be applied to politics (the November 2018 election), business, and our personal lives. It’s a fascinating, scientific approach to life that led Annie to win millions and has given her the title “Dutchess of Poker.”

For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world. In 2004, she bested a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The same year, she triumphed in the $2 million winner-take-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. 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 now spends her time writing, coaching and speaking on a range of topics such as decision fitness, emotional control, productive decision groups and embracing uncertainty. She is a regularly sought-after public speaker, addressing thousands in keynote remarks at conferences for organizations ranging from the Investment Management Consultants Association to the Big Ten Conference. She has been brought in to speak to the executive teams or sales forces of organizations like Marriott and Gaylord Resorts, among others. She is a sought-after speaker in the financial sector, with clients such as Susquehanna International Group and CitiBank.

Annie’s new Book is available now: Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. Follow Annie on Twitter @AnnieDuke and at

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