Annie Duke, has established herself as one of the best poker players in the world. In 2004, Duke beat out an assembly of 234 players in the World Series of Poker $2000 buy-in Omaha Hi/Lo Split and won her first WSOP bracelet. In August of the same year, Duke knocked out eight of the world's greatest poker legends and won $2 million in the No-Limit Texas Hold'em winner-take-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions, established by ESPN and Harrah's Entertainment.
Duke now serves as a consultant for the online poker site UltimateBet.com to ensure that their rules of poker and tournament structure match those you would find in the famous poker rooms of the Las Vegas strip. Furthermore, she is sought after for her vast poker skills and knowledge, coaching the likes of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Ashton Kutcher and Charles Barkley on their poker game. Duke regularly offers a private poker lesson with herself as an auction item for charity auctions and has raised funds to benefit numerous charities. Duke is also involved in various charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ante Up for Africa (a project with actor Don Cheadle), Children's Hospital, and many others. Duke will be playing for the charity, Refugees International.
Annie's charity is Refugees International
PERSONAL CONNECTION: Annie feels privileged to play the game she loves -- poker -- for a living, but her passion is to direct attention to those in desperate circumstances. Refugees International generates lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection for displaced people around the world, in places like the Sudan and Congo. Annie is passionate about the RI's mission to provide emergency relief, and to ultimately help displaced persons return home.