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The Round Table – Annie Duke on the Apprentice, Poker and Twitter

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She can be seen every Sunday on the Celebrity Apprentice as well as at the major poker tournaments around the world. Poker’s leading lady Annie Duke catches up with The Round Table to share what’s currently going on in her life.

KL: What have you been up to personally?

I have been playing poker. I played the LAPC, both the $10K HORSE and the Main Event. Then I went up to Bay 101 and played the Shooting Stars. That was really fun because I haven't played that tournament since I think '04.

KL: What’s it like to be back on the World Poker Tour?

It is really fun, mainly because I miss being with my friends that much. The Tour is really like a family, and I have missed that not being on it the past few years. It is nice to see so much more of the people I love.

KL: Do you watch yourself on TV in poker tournaments?

No, not really. I don't like watching myself on TV, I am too self critical.

KL: On yourself personally or your play?

On me personally. I already know I play bad ;)

KL: So then do you watch yourself on the Celebrity Apprentice?

Well, I have to because I blog about it every Sunday night. Plus people come up and want to talk about it with me so if I haven't watched I would look silly. It is interesting to me to see what they show each episode, how they are telling the story.

KL: How do you react to seeing people’s private interviews, especially if they talk about you?

Obviously, we don't know what happens in the private interviews until we see the show air. My main reaction is that I am surprised at how personal people are getting. Not just about me, but about everyone.

KL: Did you feel you tried to stay away from doing that?

I very much did, so far so good. In 4 episodes I haven't gotten personal yet. I think the reason for that though is that I am used to games where what happens in the game stays in the game. I mean in poker I can check raise bluff my own brother and we walk away from the table and have dinner and go to a movie. Poker players are used to that. It is not like a poker player is like that person check raised me, what a bitch!

KL: Well speaking of getting personal what are your thoughts on what Joan Rivers has said in interviews recently about you and poker players in general?

Well, Joan can say what she wants about me. We have met, she has formed an opinion about me, and that is her right. I get upset though when she generalizes about all poker players, saying that we can't be trusted. I am pretty sure there are not a lot of communities where I can walk up to someone, ask to borrow $50K, and be given it with no contract, just on my word. Poker players are some of the most trustworthy people on the planet. We do all these huge transactions just on a handshake. Show me another world where you wouldn't have 17 lawyers involved in that kind of transaction to make sure your ass was covered. If Joan thinks poker players can't be trusted, I think that is unfair to our community. She should keep her comments to insulting me personally and not the whole group, IMO!

KL: What has been your favorite task to date that has aired thus far?

The Zappos task for sure because it was really intellectually challenging. They didn't show it on TV, but we had to create a whole marketing plan for the character and we developed a whole Mizz Z Blogosphere. It was really fun working on the marketing and I find it very intellectually challenging. Those are the kinds of tasks I like.

KL: How different are you finding what you really lived to what is being aired?

Actually, not that much. I mean the show is a condensed and exaggerated version of the events, but they are pretty true to what happened. The one person I think has been short changed so far is Natalie Gulbis. She shined more this week but in the first three tasks they didn't show how hard she worked. That girl worked non-stop from minute one of the show, but other than that I think it has been a pretty fair depiction...beefed up on steroids for TV of course.
KL: Are you glad you did the show?

Yes I am glad I did the show. I learned a lot about myself from that show. A lot about what I am capable of as a human being and, even more importantly, I learned that I have awesome, amazing, loyal and generous friends, and that is the best thing to ever learn.

KL: What else do you want to accomplish in poker/life?

I don't think like that, I just take everything as it comes. I am really happy with my life right amazing kids, my family, my boyfriend, my friends. Anything else is just gravy. My real goals in life all have to do with family and friends and I am living those goals already.

KL: What’s your plan for the WSOP?

I am going to play mostly 5pm events because those are the games that are not no limit hold'em and I prefer the 8 or betters and limit games. I am going to focus my energy there and try to play as many of the 10K events as possible as well. I mainly want to play a focused WSOP and see what results come from that.

KL: Where can the fans find out more about you?

On which is newly redesigned. Also I am on Twitter as RealAnnieDuke. I am tweeting a ton! From tournament tables when I see interesting hands or am involved in something interesting myself. When I am not playing I just tweet about my life, Joe, the kids, The Apprentice, whatever. Emily Jillette turned me on to it last weekend and I love it!

Like a wheel, the Round Table is a circle of adventures and victories, beats and stories, and life as it unfolds with a cast of characters that may, or may not, have joined you in your home on a local TV program. There's so much more to poker than what you see on TV. Although I won't use canvas, I will paint the full picture for you as I follow the lives of some of your favorite (and some unknown) players. The Round Table is an ongoing series of life, viewed full circle.

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