Annie Duke has been lying extremly low in the live poker scene since the Epic Poker League filed for bankruptcy in the end of February this year. EPL gernerated only $37,052 during its short exitence, however the bankruptcy showed that Duke paid herself $299,784 for her time as commissioner while Epic Poker amounted debts of over $8 million. Among the defrauded in the EPL scandal was the Disabled American Veterans Charity.
Besides the EPL scandal, Duke was the face of Ultimate Bet and defended the site when it was discovered that some of the management had been using super-user accounts that allowed them to view hole cards and defraud players of over 2 million dollars between 2004 and 2008. In other words, the last thing she needed was the EPL scandal. However, it seems like she has gathered some courage lately and left the safety of her home for some live tournament action.
According to a post on a very popular poker forum, she particiapated in the same tournament as someone's "cousin Dave". Apparently, Cousin Dave wasn't the biggest fan of Duke as he wrote "epic" on the whiteboard before taking his seat. He then asked Duke several questions about her and Howard Lederer (her brother) and the UB, FTP & EPL scandals. The floor management gave Dave 5 warnings before kicking him out of the tournament.
Here is the post: (full version)
Cousin Dave just called me after getting kicked out of a tournament at The Poker Room in Hampton Falls for berating Annie Duke. He was issued a handful of warnings and then was finally booted from the tourney after #5. His infractions, chronologically, starting around noon today, are as follows:
1st warning: Cousin Dave leads by writing the word "epic" on the whiteboard on his way into the tourney:
2nd warning: Minutes into the tourney, Cousin Dave is seated next to Annie Duke. he asked if she feels good about making $500k off epic poker. Warning #2 issued by floorman
3rd warning: He then asked a few minutes later about Her and Howard Lederer feeling financially secure while NH based UB & FTP players busto that they convinced to sign up for their various sites. Warning #3
4th warning: Cousin Dave noticed Annie not interacting with the players. She was on her ipad / iphone. He asked if she thought she should be more engaged seeing that her name was on the tourney. She said she had no obligation to do so.
5th infraction, kicked out: For the finally, after the first break CDave asked Annie if she won would she use $ to partially fund player refunds for $1M Epic freeroll. Kicked out of tourney, stack forfeited, banned from property.
1:15 minutes of Cousin Dave crushing Annie Duke is all the floor could take. It looks like Cousin Dave will now be playing exclusively at Foxwoods and Hampton Falls will be taken out of the mix.