Annie Duke Speaks at Mid Year Meeting of the International Academy of American Trial Lawyers

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Decision science expert discusses the similarities between decision making in the courtroom and at the poker table.

For attendees of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) Mid Year Meeting in Chicago, one presentation listed on the schedule might have appeared out of place. “Better Decision Making: From the Poker Table to the Courtroom” was not given by a lawyer or business leader, but rather by professional poker player Annie Duke.

Duke, a World Series of Poker Champion and one of the world’s top female poker players, discussed how the lessons she learned in high stakes poker can be applied to business and law professions.

Duke, who has interests in cognitive science and behavioral economics, also has extensive experience as an advisor in the corporate and professional world. She has spoken with executive teams at Tremor Video, CitiBank, and Bank of America, and she also speaks regularly with YPO and EO groups around the country.

At the IATL event, Duke was a crowd favorite, keeping an audience of professionals and their families enthralled with her stories.

Annie Duke was a homerun at the Mid-Year Meeting,” said Herman Russomanno, president of the IATL, “The title of her presentation… had people intrigued even before the program began. Her engaging style and informative insights on how lessons learned at the poker table might be applied in the business arena, including the trial of cases, kept her audience of lawyers, spouses and guests riveted from start to finish.”

At the meeting, Duke was included in a diverse group of speakers, presenting alongside other notables such as Senator Dick Durbin, Rahm Emmanuel, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Russomanno later said that Duke not only enjoyed her audience’s anticipation of her presentation, but also the positive reception she received afterwards.

“Annie won rave reviews – deservedly so,” said Russomanno

About Annie Duke

Annie Duke has a strong track record of success in the world of poker. She first burst onto the scene at the 1994 World Series of Poker, where she cashed in three events included making the final three tables of the Main Event. A decade later, she won her first WSOP bracelet and in 2010 became the NBC National Heads-Up Champion bested runner-up, Erik Seidel. Duke has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and tutored Hollywood A-listers including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on the finer points of the game of poker. She is also the author of three books on poker: Decide to Play Great Poker; Heads-Up Tournament Poker; and The Middle Zone. She also authored an autobiography How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker.

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