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Annie Duke

Annie Duke is a World Series of Poker Tournament Champion and national best-selling author who delivers keynotes on efficient decision-making in high-stakes scenarios.

Meet Annie Duke

Annie is a best-selling author, and corporate speaker, holds a World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet, and consultant in the decision-making/behavioral science space. In 2018, Annie’s first book for general audiences, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, quickly became a national bestseller. As a former professional poker player, she has won more than $4 million in tournament poker. Moreover, she is the only woman to have won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship.

Annie Duke’s latest book, Quit: The Power of Walking Away, was published in 2022. The Entrepreneur featured Quit as one of its best business books of 2022, writing “Duke argues convincingly for the virtues of quitting, and then helps us ease into one of the hardest decisions we might ever make.”

“We fear that when we quit we are admitting failure—that we have wasted our energy. But we need to start thinking about waste as a forward-looking problem, not a backward-looking one,” Duke said in her 2022 article published in The Atlantic.

As a speaker to business and professional groups since 2002, Annie Duke combines her experience as a professional poker player with the most advanced thinking on decision-making, integrating psychology, economics, game theory, and neuroscience.

Annie Duke tailors her message to fit the decision-making challenges of each group she faces. So, every speech is a unique experience — for her and the audience. Her speeches are continually updated and refined by incorporating new and fresh illustrations from popular culture, sports, politics and current events, social science research, business, financial markets, and entrepreneurship.

In addition, these are just a few of the organizations where Annie Duke has shared her story:

  • Citibank
  • Bank of America
  • Gartner
  • Gaylord Resorts
  • EnergySmart
  • Tremor Video
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Marriott International
  • Senator Investment Group
  • Greenhaven Road Capital

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Annie Duke has leveraged her expertise and education in the science of smart decision-making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to teaching others how to be more secure in their decision-making.

Annie now spends her time writing, coaching, and speaking on a range of topics such as decision fitness, emotional control, productive decision groups, and embracing uncertainty. She is a highly sought-after public speaker, addressing thousands in keynote remarks at conferences for organizations. Annie has spoken to the Investment Management Consultants Association and the Big Ten Conference. She is also a sought-after speaker in the financial sector. Her financial sector clients include Susquehanna International Group and CitiBank.

Annie Duke’s Business Career

Annie is a master storyteller, having performed three times for The Moth, an organization that preserves the art of spoken word storytelling. Her passion for making a difference has helped raise millions for charitable causes. In 2006, she founded Ante Up for Africa along with actor Don Cheadle and Norman Epstein, which has raised more than $4 million for Africans in need. She has also served on the board of The Decision Education Foundation. She appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice and raised $730,000 for Refugees International, a charity that advocates for refugees around the world. In October 2013, Annie became a national board member for After School All-Stars. Then, in 2014, Annie co-founded The Alliance for Decision Education to build a national movement that empowers teachers, school administrators and policymakers to bring Decision Education to every Middle and High School student. In 2016, she began serving on the board of directors of The Franklin Institute, one of America’s oldest and greatest science museums. In 2020, she joined the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative.

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Thinking in Bets

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

Wall Street Journal bestseller!

Poker champion, turned business consultant, Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result.





How to Decide

How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices

Through a blend of compelling exercises, illustrations, and stories, the bestselling author of Thinking in Bets will train you to combat your own biases, address your weaknesses, and help you become a better and more confident decision-maker.



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