Side games: 6
Steam control: 6
Against weak players: 7
Against strong players: 5
Best game: Omaha Eight-or-better
Weakness: Very chatty when she’s winning
Annie is articulate and attractive which makes her a natural for television. Annie plays all of the limit games well. She worked hard on her game when she was an up-and-coming player and is one of the top two all-around female poker players, Jennifer Harman being the other. Annie is the leading money winner among women at the World Series of Poker. As of late, most of Annie’s time is dedicated to being a mother, working for Ultimate Bet, and tending to activities related to her role in the explosion of poker.
Annie used to make a habit of sitting behind the better players and watching them for an hour or so. I let Annie sit behind me one time, although I was unaccustomed to having anyone watch the way I played. I didn’t say anything because Annie had always been very nice to me and she was a relative beginner at that point anyway.
After thirty minutes or so Annie said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t sit behind you anymore. The other players have complained privately to me that you play better when I’m watching you.”
Annie Duke’s Website: www.annieduke.com
Title: Don’t Tell Me
Reason for this song choice
Although I have never had an adversarial relationship with Annie, I could still hear her voice echoing Madonna’s words “don’t tell me,” since Annie would not want people to tell her what to do or say.