Poker is a game of decision making under conditions of uncertainty over time. In this video, Annie Duke, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, shares how she has learned to mitigate this risk at the poker table in order to become a world champion. In this experience-based talk, Annie Duke relates the decision-making process in poker to the way we make decisions in life.

Annie Duke has upped the ante as to what it means to be a “Risk Taker.” Annie is known for having made millions as a professional poker player. She was the leading money winner among all women and holds a WSOP gold bracelet. Having won the 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions and National Heads-Up Poker Challenge, Ms. Duke now speaks, writes, and works towards enlightening others about the intricacies of a life based around taking risks. Ms. Duke had interest in playing cards from an early age, attended Columbia University, and pursued a PHD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. One month before defending her dissertation on cognitive linguistics, Duke took the biggest risk of all and left academia to play poker. Along with Don Cheadle, Duke co-founded the charity Ante Up for Africa. 

Author, Decision Strategist, & Former Professional Poker Player

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Annie Duke is a former professional poker player where she has learned and refined the concepts of strategic decision making and she has learned to apply them to all facets of her life. She is an engaged activist and philanthropist and was one of the top poker players in the world for two decades. Annie writes, coaches, and speaks on a range of topics such as decision fitness, emotional control, productive decision groups, and embracing uncertainty. A regularly sought-after public speaker, she addresses thousands in keynote remarks at conferences for organizations ranging from the Investment Management Consultants Association to the Big Ten Conference.