Annie Duke Biography
Career Winnings: $3,414,979
2007 Winnings: $118,384
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 230th
Cardplayer Ranking: 260th
Annie Duke was born on September 13, 1965. She is Howard Lederer’s little sister and learned to play poker from her brother. Now, she is one of the best female poker players in the world. She learned to be competitive while growing up in the Lederer household, which was a highly competitive atmosphere where the family would play games against each other with no mercy and a killing instinct. Everyone played to win.
Annie Duke has done fairly well in 2007, making it to the top 20 of three different World Series of Poker Tournaments, including a third place finish in the $2500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better event.
Annie Duke began playing poker in Billings, Montana after moving there with her husband, Ben Duke. Annie played poker to earn some extra money and became a very successful player with her talent and her older brother’s poker lessons.
At Howard’s urging, Annie Duke entered the 1994 World Series of Poker Main Event. Annie did extremely well, finishing in 13th place and also eliminating her brother from the tournament. After the WSOP Annie moved to Las Vegas to continue her poker career. Annie also put on an impressive performance in the 2000 WSOP Main Event, when she finished in 10th place, one spot short of the final table, while she was eight months pregnant.
Annie Duke won the first of her two WSOP bracelets at the $3000 Omaha Hi/Lo event in 2004. She followed this up by winning the 2004 Tournament of Champions, which was an invitation-only, winner take all, two million dollar grand prize tournament. This was her most impressive performance, outlasting that year’s Main Event champion, Greg Raymer, the legendary Doyle Brunson, her brother, Howard, and Phil Hellmuth. Annie knocked her brother out in third place, which was the fourth time she has eliminated her brother from a tournament. She then went on to beat Phil Hellmuth in heads-up play.
Annie Duke has done some work off of the poker table. She has written an autobiography, Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker. She also endorses the ESPN Poker Club line of poker products, and has worked on several poker video games with her brother, Howard Lederer.
Visit Annie at her official website – AnnieDuke.com