Name: Annie Duke
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Screenname: Annie Duke
Site: Formally UB Poker
Birthday: September 13, 1965
Annie Duke is the little sister of fellow poker pro Howard Lederer, but no one thinks of her that way, as she is one of the most skilled and dangerous poker players in the world.
Annie Duke was born in Concord, New Hampshire, on September 13, 1965. Like many professional poker players, she learned how to be competitive early on in life. The Lederer household was always playing games against each other, and kindness was scarcely seen during game time as everybody tried their best to earn bragging rights.
Annie Duke began her poker career shortly after moving to Billings, Montana, with her then husband, Ben Duke. Annie played in the cardrooms Billings in order to earn some extra money, and thanks to her older brother’s lessons, she soon became a very successful player.
It was her brother’s idea for her to entere the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1994. Howard soon came to regret making the suggestion, as Annie eliminated Howard en route to a 13th place finish. Due to her amazing performance at the WSOP, Annie moved to Las Vegas to continue her poker career. The 1994 WSOP also marked the first of many times that the two siblings would face off against each other in poker tournaments. The rivalry just gets better every year, especially when Annie was a spokesperson for UB Poker while Howard is a spokesperson for a rival poker site, Full Tilt Poker.
Annie’s next big success was at the 2000 WSOP Main Event, where she finished one spot short of the final table in 10th place, and accomplishing this while she was eight months pregnant.
Annie won her first WSOP bracelet in 2004 in the $3,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Event. Soon after this, she earned another victory, this time in the invitation-only, winner-take-all, $2 million grand prize, WSOP Tournament of Champions. Annie had to beat a very strong field, which included WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, the legendary Doyle Brunson, and her brother Howard, who she eliminated from tournament play for the fourth time in 2004. After knocking her brother out in 3rd place, she had to go heads-up with Phil Hellmuth. Annie played masterfully, even causing Phil to lose his cool, and snapped up the victory.
Annie has had some business ventures away from the poker table, including writing the autobiography, Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker. Annie and Howard have also worked together on poker video games, in which they are characters.
Annie formally belonged to Team UB, which is Ultimate Bet’s team of professional poker pros. In January 2011, she began working with former WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollack to create a new poker league that will directly compete with the WSOP, WPT, and NAPT.
Annie Duke has her own website, AnnieDuke.com, where she will give advice on just about every aspect of poker. To date, Annie has over $4 million in career earnings, including $2 million for taking down the 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions, and another $500,000 for being crowned the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Champion.