The Book

Let’s go back to a time when card players were straight shooters. The game was the thing and cheating robbed everyone of a good time.

Those were the days when Poker Alice, Calamity Jane, Soapy Smith, risk-taking miners, and anyone with a deck, a stake, and a horse went looking for adventure and a livelihood in the Wild West.

Some years ago, I fell under the spell of Poker Alice Tubbs (1853-1930) and knew I had to tell the story of a lady gambler who played with the best and played to win. It was not an easy life, but it was a life lived on no one’s terms but her own.

Filter Press put their money on Poker Alice and the book has just been released! Find it through, Amazon, or contact me at the email address below to order your copy!
ISBN: 978-0-86541-253-8
104 pp. Paperback. Illustrated western biography.

Review from Western History Author Linda Wommack:

For anyone interested in the true story of Poker Alice, Poker Alice: The Straight Story, is the book for you. Author Liz Morton Duckworth spent years sorting fact from fiction to bring this long-overdue account to fruition. >From dealing cards to dealing with well-known frontier characters such as Calamity Jane, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith and Bat Masterson, Poker Alice garnered a name for herself, although not quite as well-known as her counterparts.

Poker Alice pretty much traveled the gambling circuit in Colorado, from Alamosa, Creede and Central City to Georgetown Del Norte and Leadville, Alice was there. For awhile she seemed to be everywhere!

Liz Duckworth’s research is solid – Like Poker Alice, she didn’t draw from the bottom of the deck.