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

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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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594630125
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/21/2005
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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  • Posted April 10, 2009

    Poker and Panic Attacks!!!

    This is a very entertaining book written by Annie Duke, a world famous poker player. What I found fascinating was, not only is Annie Duke a poker player, she suffers from panic attacks and the only place she seemed comfortable was at the poker table!!!

    This book reflects her life, how she became a poker player, as well as her winning the World Series of Poker. The book is broken down, one chapter dedicated to her life, one chapter dedicated to sitting at the table, playing poker.

    I found it well written and, even though I have never played poker in my life (only watched it on tv), it was very interesting and entertaining as well. Poker fans, she gives a lot of pointers as well. Great read.

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