Thinking in Bets: Decision-Making in the Face of Uncertainty

A conversation and book signing with author, decision strategist and former world champion poker player Annie Duke

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Franklin Theater

  • Adults
  • Free
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public

On March 20, 2018, The Franklin Institute welcomed world-renowned poker champion, author and decision strategist Annie Duke for an insightful look at the psychology of decision making through her unique and expert poker lens.  The Franklin Institute’s Chief Bioscientist Jayatri Das guided a dynamic conversation around how our brains process information and how we assess the risks and rewards of opportunities in the face of uncertainty.

How can science guide us in making better decisions?  What are the tools we can use to embrace uncertainty, once and for all, and make better decisions?  Ms. Duke drew on her unique personal experience as a professional poker player to illustrate how to best apply this information to our everyday choices.

Annie Duke has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to public speaking. For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world. In 2004, she bested a field of 234 players to win her first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. The same year, she triumphed in the $2 million winner-take-all, invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions. In 2010, she won the prestigious NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Before becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

The conversation was followed by a book signing of her newly-released book Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts.

The video below was recorded live at The Franklin Institute. Materials contained in Ms. Duke's presentation are subject to copyright laws, and may not be re-used or distributed separately. 

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