Annie Duke’s Charity Work

Annie Duke is well known for being one of the most successful female poker players of all time. It’s true that Annie’s success at the card table has done a lot, not just for advancing the cause of women in poker, but also for the game of poker in general. The author of two books on playing poker, Annie has won millions competing in the World Series of Poker, and ranks as one of the top-two all around best female players of all time. However if there is one area where Annie Duke may not get enough credit, it’s for all the amazing charity work she’s done over the years.
Annie regularly offers private poker lessons with herself as an item for charity auctions. This has helped her to contribute to raising funds for a variety of charitable foundations and organizations, including Children’s Hospital.
Some other notable charitable foundations Annie has been involved with include Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Decision Education Foundation, for which she serves as a board member.
Apart from her annual involvement with AUFA, Annie Duke regularly organizes one-off charitable tournaments, such as the High Speed Hold-em on the Halifax, which was organized in conjunction with the NASCAR foundation. That tournament was held to raise money for the pediatrics unit at the Halifax Health Medical Center.
Annie has also co-hosted a tournament in benefit of the San Diego Humane Society with her celebrity poker-player brother, Richard Lederer.
Although poker has been the means by which Annie has found fame, success, and notoriety, charity remains her true passion. There are few poker players, male or female, who’ve devoted their time or their talent with cards as generously as Annie Duke has. This is just one of the reasons that Annie is a true icon inside and outside the world of poker.
Celebrity Apprentice
One of Annie Duke’s more high profile involvements in charity came when she took part in the show Celebrity Apprentice in 2009. Co-starring with other celebrities like Clint Black, Melissa Rivers, and Denis Rodman, Annie raised an impressive amount for her charity, Refugees International. Ultimately, she was able to raise more than three times the amount raised by that season’s eventual winner, Joan Rivers. However since that was only one of the criteria for selecting a winner, she had to
settle for second place. However when it comes to women in poker making charitable contributions, Annie Duke is obviously second to none.

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