Anne Duke is an American former professional poker player and author. Duke first played Texas hold'em at age 22 in a casino. She kept on gambling and following a successful year playing in Montana, her brother prompted her to enter tournaments at the 1994 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Within the first month, she decided to move to Las Vegas to pursue a professional poker career.
She holds a World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet from 2004 and used to be the leading money winner among women in WSOP history. Duke won the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2010. She has written a number of instructional books for poker players, including "Decide to Play Great Poker" and "The Middle Zone." Duke also published her autobiography, "How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker," in 2005.
Duke also authored two books on decision-making has been a repeat guest on the investing podcast "Investor Hour." She does speaking engagements to business and professional groups, combining her experience as a professional poker player with advanced thinking on decision making, integrating psychology, economics, game theory and neuroscience. Duke co-founded the non-profit Ante Up for Africa with actor Don Cheadle in 2007 to benefit charities working in African nations.