|Place your bets, place your bets . . .
From the muddy cowtowns of Montana to the posh parlors of Deadwood and
Tombstone, past a succession of swinging batwing doors to the
smoke-filled rooms in the back, some of the most colorful ladies in the
Wild West also happened to be some of the shrewdest gamblers.
With her inimitable instinct for a good story, Chris Enss points her
pen toward fifteen of the most fascinating characters to ever flip a
hole card or lace a corset. “Poker” Alice Ivers,
for instance, checked and raised her way through some of the roughest
mining towns in the West, while Lottie Deno, the prettiest faro dealer
to ever turn a card, “bucked the tiger” all the way
from Texas to Alaska. And who could ever bet against Eleanora Dumont, a
twenty-one dealer known far and wide as “Madam
The Lady Was a Gambler
True Stories of Notorious Women of the Old West
by Chris Enss