Annie Duke Lends Support to After-School All-Stars Blinds and Bluffs Fundraiser

Annie Duke is best known as the professional poker player who won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker and later appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2009. Recently, Annie Duke was back at the card table, taking part in a for-charity poker game held at the home of former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Billed as the “After-School All-Stars Evening of Blinds and Bluffs,” the event succeeded in raising $450,000 for After-School All-Stars, a charitable organization whose mission is to help children succeed in school and in life.

After-School All-Stars is just the latest in a long list of charitable foundations to which Annie Duke has lent her celebrity and poker-playing prowess. Although Annie Duke is best known for being one of the most successful female poker players the game has ever known, she is also well-known for her involvement in charitable organizations.

Annie Duke’s celebrity was perhaps at its height when she was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. During her time on that show, she raised more than any other contestant that season for her charity, Refugees International. Annie even outraised comedienne Joan Rivers, who was the show’s eventual winner that season. 

Apart from the millions of children who will benefit from the proceeds raised at the After-School All-Stars event, the other big winner was actor Joe Manganiello, who took home the grand prize that night after defeating Annie Duke herself. Joe received a gorgeous Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa flyback chronograph, a Magnum of Moraga Vineyards 2009 wine, and a pair of custom-made shoes from Barker Black.

The Blinds and Bluffs event was held at the stunning home of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor and former California governor is one of the many celebrities Annie Duke’s charitable works have led her to work with over the years. In collaboration with actor Don Cheadle, Annie co-founded the Ante Up for Africa foundation, which hosts an annual poker tournament benefiting underdeveloped African nations.

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