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Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker
     

Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker

by Annie Duke, David Diamond
 

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The top-ranked female poker player in the world reveals an insider's view of the World Series of Poker, a glimpse of her fascinating journey to the top, and keen analysis of winning hands

From the Introduction
I never set out to become a professional poker player.

I was schooled at St. Paul's School, where my father taught English

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The top-ranked female poker player in the world reveals an insider's view of the World Series of Poker, a glimpse of her fascinating journey to the top, and keen analysis of winning hands

From the Introduction
I never set out to become a professional poker player.

I was schooled at St. Paul's School, where my father taught English; Columbia University, where I majored in psychology and English literature, and the University of Pennsylvania, where, at twenty-six, I was nearing completion of a PhD in psycholinguistics.

The afternoon before I was scheduled to meet the academic committee for a job interview, I drove my Honda from Philadelphia to New York, to see my mother. She wanted to have a little pre-celebration for a future that was mine for the taking, an academic career that would ooze prominence and prosperity.

Once inside the apartment, suddenly, a dam burst. A simple tin trash can stood below my mother's desk; I leaned over and hurled into it, again and again. The diagnosis? I was afraid to grow up.

That's when I ran away. Without a word of explanation, I fled to Montana, to marry a man I had never dated. And then, when money got tight and I felt beaten down by life in a leaky shack with minimal hot water, I got into my Honda and drove fifty-one frontier miles to the Crystal Lounge, in Billings. I sat down at the poker table, among thick- fingered cowboys and boozing rednecks, slipped off my shoes, tucked my bare feet under my butt, and as the dealer tossed me an Ace-Queen, I knew I was home.

This is where my life begins.

Annie Duke takes readers deep into the World Series of Poker as she wins millions, becoming the only woman to ever win two major tournaments in one year.

Editorial Reviews

They call high stakes poker player Annie Duke "Cook Hand Duke." They also call her super-cute: She's been featured in Playboy, People, Maxim, and other magazines. In September 2004, this red-haired mother of four toppled gender stereotypes by raking in $2 million in the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. This candid memoir explains how a nice Ivy League graduate from New Hampshire became the top-ranked female poker player in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594630125
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/21/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Annie Duke, one of the world's best poker players, won $2 million in the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and her first WSOP gold bracelet in 2004, and is a consultant for UltimateBet.com. She's also the mother of four children, ages three through ten.

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