Women's Poker Legend Annie Duke To Marry Actor Joe ReitmanDecember 30, 2010 10:25 am
Women’s poker legend Annie Duke has just announced her engagement to long time boyfriend Joe Reitman via Twitter on Christmas Day.
Joe Reitman is involved in the film industry, and is also a talented poker player. The couple first met in 2005 after Reitman, 42, had just divorced his wife of three years Shannon Elizabeth, also a professional poker player.
Annie Duke, 45, was also divorced in 2004 after four children and thirteen years of marriage to university friend Ben Duke. Ironically, she did win $500 from fellow poker pro Steve Zolotow who lost a bet that her marriage would be over within five years.
Annie Duke was clearly over the moon after being proposed to by the man nicknamed Joe Ugly, and commented on her twitter page:
“I said yes! I am still shaky. Total surprise from Joe Ugly. I am the luckiest woman ever. Best man on earth. I am so in love. Sigh. So Joe Ugly put the ring in the bottom of my stocking instead of the traditional chocolate orange. Sneaky! But now I’m pissed that I didn’t get a chocolate orange this year! Freaking Joe Ugly.”
The poker community was quick to react to the news and soon after congratulations started flooding in from well wishers, including Tiffany Michelle, Liv Boeree, Andy Bloch, Prahlad Friedman, Joe Sebok and Samantha Ryan.
Here at onlinepoker.net we too would like to wish the couple all the best for the future.
Joe Reitman is mostly noted as an actor, who has starred in such TV shows as Monk, CSI: Miami, Charmed, Married with Children and ER, and films such as The Perfect Storm, American Pie II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clueless.
On the poker front, Reitman has had three small cashes at the WSOP but gained the attention of the poker world after winning the 2006 UB.com’s $1 million Guarantee, where he collected $266,000. He famously remarked later that dating Duke “doesn’t hurt, either. Since Annie started teaching me how to play like a pro, my game has improved ten-fold.”
Poker Legend Annie Duke, for those that don’t know, is the 2nd highest earning player on Women’s All Time Poker List, with over $4,270,000 in live tournament earnings, including a WSOP bracelet in 2004 at the $3,000 Omaha High-Low 8/OB event.