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Focus on Annie Duke

Mrs. Duke may not have captured her 1st World Series of Poker Bracelet until 2004 but she remains one of the most powerful poker players at the cash games at The Bellagio in sin city. Annie’s long-overdue World Series of Poker bracelet came with success at the "buried game" of Omaha hi lo.

While players from the "younger generation" of poker go wild after a huge win at the tables, Annie goes back home and becomes "mom" to her four kids. She was born in New Hampshire into a family of poker players. If you do not accept that, watch her brother, Howard Lederer, in action who coached her how to gamble on the game.

However, Mrs. Duke is no small fry kind of girl and has won her share of hard tables, which includes eliminating Howard along the way on several occasions. They are both competitors that have the capability to win the big cash and do it with a smile.

Annie is a strong competitor at any poker table because she is a real poker player, but it is a little more than simply being skilled at the game. Annie Duke is incredibly intelligent and graduated from Columbia University where she took a double major in Psychology and English.

When you are seated across from her at the poker table you’ll see Annie is there to play the game and she starts "sizing" you up as soon as you approach the game table. If you can not play like a Champion, then don’t bother.

Earning over three million dollars in tournament play, Mrs. Duke became a adviser to both the UltimateBet website and actor Ben Affleck, who wished to sharpen his skills and become a power at the poker table.

You might just glimpse her at the Bellagio, you’ll definitely notice her on TV and you might even compete against her in an internet poker game, but do not anticipate a simple win. Unless you are a champion-in-the-making, you’ll not beat her. Although, it would be fun to say you sat at the at the table with "The Duke".

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