Annie Duke may not have earned her first World Series of Poker Bracelet until ‘04 but she is still one of the most feared poker competitors at the ring games at The Bellagio in sin city. Annie’s long-overdue WSOP bracelet came with a win at the "cast aside game" of Omaha hi low.

While competitors from the "younger generation" of poker go crazy after a big win at the tables, Annie heads back home and becomes "mom" to her 4 children. She grew up in New Hampshire into a family of card competitors. If you don’t accept that, watch her brother, Howard Lederer, in action who taught her how to wager on the game.

However, Mrs. Duke is no small fry kind of girl and has won her cut of demanding tables, which includes eliminating Howard a few times along the way. They are both competitors that have the skill to capture the large cash and do it with a smile.

Mrs. Duke is a strong player at any poker table due to the fact that she is a genuine poker player, but it’s a little more than just being skilled at the game. Annie Duke is extremely smart and graduated from Columbia University where she double majored in English and Psychology.

When you are seated across from Annie at the poker table you know she is there to compete in the game and she starts "summing" you up as soon as you join the table. If you can not bet like a winner, then do not waste your time.

Earning over $3 million in tournament play, Annie Duke branched out to become a adviser to both the UltimateBet poker room and Hollywood actor Ben Affleck, who aspired to enhance his abilities and grow into a force at the poker table.

You may glimpse her at the Bellagio, you’ll see her on TV and you might even compete against her in a cyber poker match, but don’t count on an easy win. Unless you’re a camp-in-the-making, you won’t defeat her. However, it’d be fun to say you sat at the at the table with "The Duke".