‘Apprentice’ finalist Duke is poker royalty

I participated in a wonderful charity poker tournament over the weekend with a handful of poker pros, with one, in particular, recognizable to those who don’t know a pocket pair from a full house.Annie

Annie Duke, one of the best players for the past decade, made a name for herself in the previous edition of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” and was one of the event organizers. On NBC’s reality skein, she and eventual winner Joan Rivers dueled to the final episode, all the while Annie able to withstand Joan’s “You’re a poker player!” taunts.

Also playing was another TV personality: Phil Gordon, former host of Bravo’s “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” which aired for seven seasons on the NBC Universal cabler. He ended up making the final table and eventually was eliminated by the winner, a non-celeb who took home a high-end Tesla car for his poker skills.

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