Mommies with Cents was recently contacted and offered an interview with Annie Duke, an amazing woman and mother of 4. She is also a famous poker player. Some of you may not know who she is, but being the wife of poker nut I am familiar with her, have read her book and admired her on television. I’m horrible at interviews but I knew just the person for the job! Rachel, a friend of mine whose soon to be hubby is also a poker nut is a great people person and has many things in common with Annie. With just weeks left until her wedding, she came through with a great telephone interview and wrote the following:
When Holly asked me if I’d be interested in interviewing Annie Duke, I was thrilled! Forget the fact that she is one of the best poker players in the world and that I have loved poker for years, she is also a fascinating woman and mother. Annie spent her early adulthood in academia, heading for Montana with only months left to complete her PhD. It was the first of many decisions that would ultimately earn her millions and help her create a wonderful life for her and her children. For more background information on Annie, please see annieduke.com or read her first book, How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker.
The first thing I was dying to talk to Annie about was a recent journal entry on her website where she talks about her daughter Lucy needing to “apply” to have her job of feeding the family dogs back after losing it by watching TV when she was supposed to be “working”. The entry is hilarious, to read it click HERE.
I was glad I started out the conversation talking about her kids, because it was perfectly clear from her first word that her children mean everything to her. Her voice lit up like a Christmas tree when she told me about Lucy’s “application” and how funny it was that she said she needed money for the “spa” next store, which was actually her younger daughter’s bedroom and business venture. Annie described with obvious delight the horrendous manicures and pedicures she had been subjected to, and the massage with their “special mixture”, which Annie discovered later was lotion and bubble bath. I wrongly assumed Nelly was providing these services, but no – “Nelly is just the manager, Lucy does the services”. Oh, what my daughter would do to spend just a day in that house!
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