With more than 41,000 followers, Duke, 47, has one of the larger social media followings among poker players. She has made appearances on poker TV shows over the years and was once a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.
Despite her accomplishments with some ventures, her foray into running a casino-based poker tour, the Epic Poker League, was unsuccessful. She was co-founder and commissioner. Epic Poker folded in its first season and never ran its planned $1 million freeroll for its players. It was bankrupt.
The World Series of Poker bracelet winner has received harsh criticism and vitriol on social media from some members of the poker community. Poker pro Jason Mercier Tweeted Thursday in response to an announcement of Duke’s writing efforts.