She may be the Duchess of Poker but trailblazing Duke is also queenly when it comes to giving. With a fervent personal interest in human rights and developing nations, she has leveraged her success and celebrity to champion a huge number of global causes. In 2007 she co-founded Ante Up for Africa with Don Cheadle and Norman Epstein to raise money for a host of established non-profits benefitting African countries. She also used her time on the Celebrity Apprentice to raise more than $700,000 for Refugees International.
Formerly the biggest female cash winner in the history of the WSOP, living legend Duke came runner-up in the 2009 US series of Celebrity Apprentice and is known to have coached Ben Affleck in poker.
The first female gold bracelet winner at 2004 Omaha High-Low World Series of Poker, Duke's highlights on the table also include the 2004 Five-Star World Poker Classic (Winner) and the 2010 NBC National Heads Up Championship Event (Winner).
"I’m sort of thinking about, well, if I fold and I’m wrong, everybody’s going to be like, see; she plays like a girl; like, look how he pushed her around." (NPR)
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