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Risk Schmisk | Annie Duke | TEDxGeorgetown

Poker is a game of decision making under conditions of uncertainty over time. Annie Duke, a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, has learned how 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 leader 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.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at