Poker Alice Cottage
8 guests • 2 bedrooms • 5 beds • 2 baths
This one is a home away from home. It has a full kitchen so you can prepare your favorite meals. A living room and dining area. An upstairs sleeping loft with 2 twin beds and a private king bedroom. There is also a sleeping area down stairs with 2 queen beds. Don’t forget the BBQ Kitchen area and hot tub outside. It’s a great place to stay when you are touring the beautiful Black Hills!
This cottage sleeps 8 people and if rented with the Wild Bill Cottage, can sleep up to 12 people with 3 bathrooms.
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Central Heating
- Internet Access
- Hot Tub
- Linens Provided
- Mountain Views
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Stereo System
- Towels Provided
- Washer / Dryer
Standard Property Amenities
Outdoor BBQ Kitchen
Deadwood’s Famous Poker Alice
“Poker” Alice Ivers was born in England, to Irish immigrants. Her family moved to Virginia when Alice was twelve. As a young woman, she went to boarding school in Virginia to become a refined lady. While in her late teens, her family moved to Leadville, a city in the then Colorado Territory.
After the death of her first husband, Alice started to play poker seriously. Alice was in a tough financial position. After failing in a few different jobs including teaching, she turned to poker to support herself financially. Alice would make money by gambling and working as a dealer.
Ivers made a name for herself by winning money from poker games. By the time Ivers was given the name “Poker Alice,” she was drawing in large crowds to watch her play and men were constantly challenging her to play. Saloon owners liked that Ivers was a respectable woman who kept to her values. These values included her refusal to play poker on Sundays.
As her reputation grew, so did the amount of money she was making. Some nights she would even make $6,000, an incredibly large sum of money at the time. Alice claimed that she won $250,000, which would now be worth more than three million dollars.
Ivers used her good looks to distract men at the poker table. She always had the newest dresses, and even in her 50s was considered a very attractive woman. She was also very good at counting cards and figuring odds, which helped her at the table.
Alice was known always to have carried a gun with her, preferably her .38, and frequently smoked cigars.