Poker queen Annie Duke won $2 million in "The World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions" (search) becoming the first woman ever to win a multimillion-dollar poker prize.
Duke — a 39-year-old mother of four and Columbia University grad — is generally regarded as the best female player in the world. She made the final table of the 2000 World Series of Poker while nine months pregnant.
Her historic win actually took place Sept. 2, but the results were kept secret until it was aired last night on ESPN.
This first-time invitational included 10 of the best-known players in the world, including 2004 World Series of Poker champ Greg Raymer and Duke's famous card-playing brother, Howard Lederer.
Phil Helmuth finished second and Lederer third. The vanquished field also included two-time World Series of Poker champions Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan.