September 9, 2014
Faced with an all-in situation, Duke explains how precious seconds started ticking while she contemplated her pocket 10s. She wanted to prove to the world she belonged at the table of the Tournament of Champions, and made a decision that no poker player should ever make: she played not to lose, not to get knocked out.
“The great thing in poker is that sometimes the cards save you from yourself, save you from your self-doubt,” Duke says.
It’s a story of regaining confidence, how to play to win and it deals with issues far bigger than poker–it deals with life. Annie’s story is a life lesson that will help those who listen to it build on mistakes to triumph and achieve success as an entrepreneur. The story can be summed up with Duke’s closing remarks. “Sometimes it’s not the really big things you do that get you the win, it’s the really big things that you don’t do.”
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