Although her real name is Alice Ivers Duffield Tubbs Huckert, those who knew her and enjoyed card games with her affectionately called her Poker Alice. She is possibly one of the best known women in the poker world, being a woman who since her early teenage years learned to defend herself, achieving that her character and strength were impregnated in every game she played. On this occasion, we want to tell you about Alice Poker’s life and how, despite leading a rather complicated and bumpy life, she managed to make a place for herself in a world which, in general, at that time, was centered on men and women did not dare to get too involved, and if they did, it was sporadically and among them, never playing with men.
Who was Alice Poker?
Poker Alice was born in Devon in 1851 and with very little age she moved with all her family to Virginia. At the beginning she knew nothing about this game, much less about the importance it was going to have worldwide years later. The knowledge of poker came to her when she married her first husband, who was a very gambling person and she became interested in poker and everything she could give him.
With the help of her partner and also of the experience she was getting from the games she played, she started to build up and achieve a reputation in those places where she was going to play. She was one of the few women who managed to win in New Mexico’s arcades, being the best known the Silver City, although she was also working and playing in Colorado, being her profession in this state of croupier, so she was constantly relating to the arcades.
Although at the time there were many people who criticized her for doing what she did, especially because it was thought that her main advantage was the seduction in the games, it has been proven that this was only a rumor and that Poker Alice was one of the best strategists and fighters of the time, managing to take away tables that seemed impossible, in front of players who were also considered hard to gnaw at.
Alice Poker was a woman with character and her hand didn’t tremble neither in Poker nor in her private life, since she even killed a man in the Saloon where she worked with her 38 gun, defending one of the employees of the place, who became her third husband and also father of her children, going to live with them in Deadwood. It should be noted that she married three times and marked by tragedy, all died before her in different circumstances, so she had to fight and make a name for herself and achieve in a man’s world all the economic level to be able to live with dignity with their children.
The story of Alice Poker
Poker Alice’s life was not exactly easy or simple, even though she had a job and a reputation in poker, when her third husband died, she was left with a lot of debt, something she had to quickly recover from in order to get by with her whole family and be able to live. For you to imagine the level of debt she had at that time, say that at the time of Warren Tubbs’ death, her husband had to pawn the wedding ring in order to be able to bury him with dignity. Once she had passed this process, she had to go back to cards and poker to make enough money to get it back.
But not only did she recover the wedding ring, but also as time went by she acquired much more money with the games she played and this made her more famous, achieving great profits with which, she finally decided to open her own games room calling it ‘Poker’s Palace’ taking over and being the boss of everything, so she got some round profits.
Alice Poker’s fame on TV
The life and history of Poker Alice has earned many television series and also a very iconic film, Poker Alice 1987, in which the entire course of his experiences is discussed and which was acclaimed by critics in general and highly valued by the poker industry.
It is true that at the end of her days, in her last years of life, she was accused countless times of prostitution in her gaming room and also of smuggling, something that led her to jail, both for these reasons and also because it had been commented that she had killed soldiers who had gotten drunk in her place, leaving everything upside down.
However, in spite of all this commotion, she has positioned herself as one of the most influential women and people in poker of the 20th century, being, as we have mentioned, a figure in television series, movies, even books and comics.