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Alice Huckert "Poker Alice" Ivers Tubbs
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1851
Lynton, England
Death: Feb. 27, 1930
Rapid City
Pennington County
South Dakota, USA

Gambler, Bootlegger, Madam. Alice Ivers was born and educated in England. She and her family immigrated to Virginia when she was in her late teens, eventually migrating to Colorado where she married a mining engineer. He was a skilled gambler and she accompanied her husband to the gambling parlors and soon started sitting in on the games. After her husband was killed in a mining accident she began to play poker for a living, earning the name of Poker Alice. She began traveling and gambling all over the West, achieving quite a reputation as a cigar smoking poker player. She settled to Deadwood, South Dakota, where she became somewhat of a local legend and could be seen constantly at the faro tables puffing on a black stogie. Due to her good looks and reputation she attracted a lot of men to the table. Her winnings often totaled as much as $6,000 a night. There she met her second husband, Warren Tubbs. After his death from tuberculosis, Alice moved to Sturgis, South Dakota, where she ran a speakeasy and bootlegged alcohol until prohibition shut her down. She then opened a brothel catering to the soldiers at Fort Meade. Alice, herself, was never a prostitute, as a professional gambler, she considered herself at a much higher social status. During the last years of her life she was often arrested for drunkenness and keeping a house of ill repute. Eventually, she was sentenced to a term in the state prison for her repeated convictions as a madam. However, being 75 years old at the time of her sentencing, she was immediately pardoned by the governor. Her house in Sturgis now serves as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. 
Saint Aloysius Cemetery
Meade County
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Clay Homister
Record added: Aug 13, 2008
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Alice Huckert Poker Alice <i>Ivers</i> Tubbs
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Alice Huckert Poker Alice <i>Ivers</i> Tubbs
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Alice Huckert Poker Alice <i>Ivers</i> Tubbs
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