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Annie Duke: Celebrity Apprentice Star Recommits to Poker and Emerges as a Champion

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Apr 16, 2010


You can get a good impression of a person after just one conversation. Annie Duke’s enthusiasm to discuss and debate a variety of subjects is infectious, and a simple question about poker can take you on a road trip that includes world issues and intellectual pursuits before circling back to the game that first brought her into the spotlight. You walk away with a detailed picture of a well-rounded poker player in an era in which that is becoming an increasingly rare commodity. In recent years, Duke has focused on raising her family, charitable pursuits, and teaching poker. She appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, finishing second behind Joan Rivers, and became one of the most recognized poker players on the planet. Duke’s multiple confrontations with Rivers on the show garnered a lot of attention, thanks to the popularity of reality television in America. But the show also highlighted ...

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