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The top-ranked female poker player in the world reveals an insider’s view of the World Series of Poker, a glimpse of her fascinating journey to the top, and keen analysis of winning hands From the Introduction I never set out to become a professional poker player. I was schooled at St. Paul’s School, where my father taught English; Columbia University, where I majored inThe top-ranked female poker player in the world reveals an insider’s view of the World Series of Poker, a glimpse of her fascinating journey to the top, and keen analysis of winning hands From the IntroductionI never set out to become a professional poker player. I was schooled at St. Paul’s School, where my father taught English; Columbia University, where I majored in psychology and English literature, and the University of Pennsylvania, where, at twenty-six, I was nearing completion of a PhD in psycholinguistics. The afternoon before I was scheduled to meet the academic committee for a job interview, I drove my Honda from Philadelphia to New York, to see my mother. She wanted to have a little pre-celebration for a future that was mine for the taking, an academic career that would ooze prominence and prosperity. Once inside the apartment, suddenly, a dam burst. A simple tin trash can stood below my mother’s desk; I leaned over and hurled into it, again and again. The diagnosis? I was afraid to grow up. That’s when I ran away. Without a word of explanation, I fled to Montana, to marry a man I had never dated. And then, when money got tight and I felt beaten down by life in a leaky shack with minimal hot water, I got into my Honda and drove fifty-one frontier miles to the Crystal Lounge, in Billings. I sat down at the poker table, among thick- fingered cowboys and boozing rednecks, slipped off my shoes, tucked my bare feet under my butt, and as the dealer tossed me an Ace-Queen, I knew I was home. This is where my life begins. Annie Duke takes readers deep into the World Series of Poker as she wins millions, becoming the only woman to ever win two major tournaments in one year....

Title : Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker
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ISBN : 9781594630125
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker Reviews

  • Joel
    2018-11-19 04:41

    In alternate chapters, Duke and Diamond recount how Annie Duke grew up and how she advanced in a WSOP event. While the material can be interesting, this quick read seems to lack the depth that I hoped from Duke.She faces down depression, sexism, and family volatility but this book feels like it only gives those surface treatment. Meanwhile, her analysis of play seems un-nuanced. Not that she is a bad player - far from it. She is clearly one of the top card players in the world. But the analysis presented in half this book is often very basic (perhaps to make it a more accessible read as Duke clearly understands far more about the strategies she is employing than is relayed).So this is not quite a complex biography, nor is it a solid poker 'advice' book. Not accomplishing either is a shame because it had the potential to be successful in both.

  • Russ
    2018-11-22 00:55

    The book is part biography and poker lesson from a psycholinguistic Phd candidate turned professional poker player. Annie Duke is an interesting person and has written a quick, engaging read. It will not turn you into a poker player but she does offer solid tactical and strategic tips.

  • Tim
    2018-11-19 00:56

    Reviewed for Card Player (my second review for the magazine, I think):The Ups and Downs of Tournaments…and LifeWhat is it about the Lederer family and poker? Annie (Lederer) Duke is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and a poker celebrity. Her brother Howard “the Professor” is a high-profile player in his own right. And a third Lederer sibling, Katy, played low-limit poker in Las Vegas and contemplated going pro before becoming a securities trader (and a very fine writer). It turns out that card games were an integral part of Lederer family life, as Annie Duke writes in her new book (co-authored with David Diamond and published by Hudson Street Press, $24.95), How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the 2004 World Series of Poker. In the demanding, overachieving Lederer family, “card playing was the vehicle for teaching us how to think…[and] cards were the glue that held my family together.” Duke’s book is more than just an account of her bracelet-winning WSOP performance (in 2004, she won the $2,000 Omaha High-Low event). It’s an autobiography, about growing up in an intellectual family (her father Richard taught English at a prestigious New England prep school), heading off to the Ivy League and an academic career, and ultimately being seduced by the demanding world of high-stakes poker. And Duke provides some rudimentary instruction on poker in general and the sadly neglected game of Omaha High-Low in particular.It’s an entertaining book, competently written and dramatic enough—but it could have been so much more compelling if Duke had focused solely on the 2004 tournament. Clearly, the narrative of that event is the most interesting element of the book, told primarily through hand stories, which all poker players love (we like to imagine what would we have done with a particular hand in a particular situation). And while Duke captures the mixture of exhilaration, desperation, and anxiety that is part and parcel of tournament play, her story doesn’t have the narrative energy of a book like James McManus’s Positively Fifth Street. This is largely because of issues with focus and structure. Duke begins with a massive chunk of introductory material: poker terminology, general poker strategy, and thumbnail sketches of her Omaha High-Low competitors (most of whom are already familiar to poker fans). It’s not until page 39 that Duke finally starts to write about the tournament itself. A more focused take on the event itself, a detailed look at the shifting landscape and strategies of tournament play, might have made this a great book. Moreover, that word “millions” in the title is a bit misleading. Her cash prize for the Omaha High-Low event was $137,860—not a bad payday, of course, but a relatively small purse by WSOP standards. The “millions” refers to the $2 million she won in the 2004 Tournament of Champions, that post-WSOP “made for TV” event. Even though that payday dwarves her Omaha prize—and despite the fact she beat a field of ten including Greg Raymer, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, and her own brother Howard—this event gets exactly ten pages in a nearly 300-page book. And as an instructional volume, Duke’s book simply doesn’t have enough meat (and good advice on Omaha is not easy to come by). Sprinkled throughout her narrative are tips, emphasized with capital letters, but most of them will be obvious to all but the most novice of players. As for the story of Annie Duke’s life—the book’s autobiographical component—it’s fascinating to learn about the strange world of the Lederer household and how she was drawn into poker, playing in a low-limit card room in Montana before moving to Las Vegas. But even this part of the book is disappointing. Duke’s sense of victimization (“nobody ever knew when I was unhappy”) comes across not as an essential core of her personality but as a petulant whine. And her sister Katy has explored the Lederer family dynamic in a much more sophisticated, subtle way in her beautifully written memoir Poker Face.Despite all these caveats, most poker players will enjoy reading this book (though it seems unlikely to sell well to non-players) if only because Duke is an inherently interesting character. She’s obviously a talented and successful player, a good thinker about the game, and a solid writer; there’s no doubt that she could write a truly valuable (insightful, colorful, dramatic) about a particular tournament. (Note to publishers: Pair an articulate main event champion with a really good writer and you’ll produce an excellent book.)

  • Anjan
    2018-12-10 00:44

    Didn't know what to expect, found it to be an excellent memoir peppered with good poker tips. By paying attention to how she chose to tell the story of her life, I left the book understanding how Annie keeps her Zen at the table; Annie is very self-aware. (insert throwaway joke about her Cognitive-Linguistics PhD) Good poker tips regarding tells, bankroll management, game selection, and plays are in this book, but you have to keep an eye out. The tips in the back are good, but the real lessons are in the meat of the game text.I was surprised by how open she was with her experiences growing up and becoming a poker pro. This book is as much about challenges she faced growing up, the mistakes along the way, and how she learned to deal with her problems. Annie grew up with competition, high academic expectations, high academic capacity, and an anxiety disorder. She ditched her PhD b/c of fear and shut herself up in a shack in Montana. Then she found poker and found her calling. She explains how these forces influence her life and the circumstances surrounding her when she learned how to deal with her issues. I can tell there was a lot of thought put into this book b/c she makes sure not to apologize, blame, or explain away difficult things. There are many smart people with anxiety disorders who developed an ornate yet jaundiced view of the world. Whatever they talk about, their fears and frustrations seep deep into their perspective, blurring their vision. Overtime, all they know is based upon blurs and not reality, and then they bitch about how reality doesn't fit the expectations they have based upon inaccurate assessments of the world. You may know that as bitter old men. Ironically, some of them are really good poker players. It is nice to read someone who shares how they developed a worldview that accommodates their anxieties without: fear or judgement of who they are; or allowing the worldview be subservient to their anxieties. That is a good strategy for poker.

  • Tyler Jones
    2018-11-17 05:51

    A good poker player is part entertainer, part psychologist and full-on con-man. Or con-woman. I was hoping that Annie Duke's book would reveal something of the inner life of a high-level poker player, but perhaps it was unfair to expect someone who makes a living at deception to open up - even in her biography. Annie Duke plays her cards close to the vest and not much that is very interesting is revealed here other than she threw-up just before defending her doctoral thesis and walked away from it.It's a shame, because a lot more could have told. She grew up in a fascinating family; her father is Richard Lederer, the very funny author and English teacher who wrote the laugh-until-you-cry book Anguished English and her brother is an equally famous poker player who played a part in the rise and fall of an on-line poker empire. But very little is revealed other than the typical bio-fluff. I suspect the book I really need to read is the one her sister Katy Lederer wrote - Poker Face; A Girlhood Among Gamblers.So why would someone who doesn't want to reveal much about themselves write an autobiography? I suspect a poker player like Duke just couldn't resist scooping up an easy pot of money.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2018-12-04 05:50

    Annie Duke and David Diamond, Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions... And You Can Too (Plume, 2005)If you put aside the odd grammar of the book's title and dig into it, the first word that will no doubt come to mind is readable; I am not (to understate the case a great deal) a fan of memoirs, and I still devoured this in one day (while working on two other books as well). Duke, or co-writer David Diamond, or both, is a born storyteller. And while I grant you that people who don't play (or watch) poker are probably not going to be as on the edge of their collective seat during the relating of a particular hand in a particular tournament, there's more than enough meat in Duke's private life to keep the non-card-sharks interested as well. *** ½

  • Mainon
    2018-11-21 04:52

    This was fun. Not particularly impressive or moving or anything -- just a pretty straightforward discussion of her two most famous tournaments, interspersed with some discussion of her background. Interesting, and I learned quite a bit about Omaha, which is not a poker variant I was very familiar with.

  • Lacey
    2018-11-21 22:46

    Fun read. Annie Duke alternates between telling her life story (explaining essentially why she is a professional poker player) and winning an event in the 2004 World Series of Poker tournament. The book includes tips on playing poker, a glossary of poker slang, and explains the rules of different versions of poker.

  • Linnea
    2018-11-18 04:00

    Another entertaining poker memoir. While the tales of specific games and poker strategy were fun to follow, the memoir is most interesting as a peek into a highly intelligent, but quite dysfunctional family (for a more detailed picture of this, see Duke's sister's book, _Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers_ by Katy Lederer).

  • Nicole M
    2018-11-27 01:47

    Kind of a cross between the typical "how to play poker" book, and a tale of feminine empowerment. Overall a good read! Made me want to head to a poker table and start winning money from all they guys.

  • Julie
    2018-12-02 01:46

    Read Doyle's book :)

  • Anna
    2018-11-13 01:58

    A must read for anyone who plays Texas Hold Em poker. I learned alot from reading her book.

  • Shannon Jones
    2018-11-13 05:01

    I liked this because I'm a poker fan. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't really recommend it.

  • Marion
    2018-11-19 21:58

    Light reading. If you enjoy watching the WSOP (poker) on TV you will like this book.

  • Lavonne
    2018-11-21 00:01

    Annie Duke's memoir about winning the 2004 Omaha Hi/Lo Tourney at the WSOP.

  • Marty Hughes
    2018-11-13 22:58

    I don't know.

  • Gerard Byrne
    2018-11-26 22:56

    I fell in love with Annie watching her play poker on television, I found out why after reading this book. She is complex and human and flawed and opens up in this book.