Annie Duke Keynote Speaker

  • Former professional poker player
  • Decision making strategist and expert in cognitive psychology
  • Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Thinking in Bets (2018) and Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away (2022)

Annie Duke's Biography

Annie Duke is an award-winning author in cognitive strategy and a decision-making strategist.

As a former professional poker player, Annie had a hugely successful career. For two decades, she was one of the top poker players in the world. Annie Duke was the 2004 winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Tournament of Champions, and in that same year, she bested a field of 234 players to cinch her first WSOP bracelet.

Later in 2010, Annie won the prestigious NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship and has earned approximately $4 million from tournament poker. Annie retired from the game in 2012, where she then started several charities and non-profit organisations. Leveraging on her expertise in smart decision making, Duke also took to writing, public speaking and coaching.

Combining her academic studies in cognitive psychology with real-life decision-making experiences at the poker table, Annie authored several books. Thinking in Bets (2018), quickly became a national bestseller and teaches readers to get comfortable with uncertainty and make smarter decisions in any situation.

Her latest book, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away (2022), is a cleverly created toolkit for mastering the skill of quitting to achieve greater success.

First Round Capital recently invited Annie Duke to take on the role of Special Partner in Decision Science. Where Annie focuses on coaching First Round VCs and their founders through challenging decisions.

Co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education, a non-profit whose mission is to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. Annie Duke also serves on the board of the Renew Democracy Initiative and is a member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars and the Board of Directors of the Franklin Institute.

Annie Duke graduated with a doctorate in cognitive linguistics and a double major in English and Psychology from Columbia University. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, before she decided to go into professional poker.


Read More

Videos of Annie Duke

Wharton Sports Analytics & Business Initiative
Wharton Sports Analytics & Business Initiative
Why Great Investors Are Great Quitters
Why Great Investors Are Great Quitters
Talks at Google
Talks at Google
Risk Schmisk | Annie Duke | TEDxGeorgetown
Risk Schmisk | Annie Duke | TEDxGeorgetown

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Annie Duke

Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

Check Annie Duke's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…


    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Jennifer Zhu Scott
    Jennifer Zhu Scott Speaker
    Jennifer Zhu Scott
    Chairman of The Commons Project- former Principal, Radian Partners
    Sona Muzikarova Speaker
    Sona Muzikarova
    Macroeconomist and public policy advisor
    Merryn Somerset Webb Speaker
    Merryn Somerset Webb
    Senior Columnist, Bloomberg Opinion - expert on personal finance and investments
    Evy Poumpouras Speaker
    Evy Poumpouras
    Former Special Agent of the United States Secret Service
    Jeff Benedict Speaker
    Jeff Benedict
    Best-Selling Author & Special Features Writer, Sports Illustrated
    Lucrezia Reichlin Speaker
    Lucrezia Reichlin
    Professor of Economics at the London Business School
    Mark Pattison Speaker
    Mark Pattison
    Former NFL player, successful entrepreneur and mountaineer
    David Pilling Speaker
    David Pilling
    Associate Editor & Africa Editor - Financial Times
    Joann S. Lublin Speaker
    Joann S. Lublin
    Former Management News Editor, The Wall Street Journal
    Stephen Trzeciak Speaker
    Stephen Trzeciak
    Physician, Scientist and Professor