Think of a casino and you no doubt think of James Bond, looking sharp in his tuxedo, swaggering in to play some poker or baccarat. Perhaps you also think of films like the Hangover; three groomsmen careening around Las Vegas after a wild stag party.
For many years, casinos seemed to be a place where women would simply float around in elegant evening wear as their male partners gambled. However, the times have changed and more and more women are joining the men at the tables to seek the thrills for themselves.
Ladies of Legend
Women have been indulging in various casino games longer than you may think. One of the most famous in gambling history was the notorious Poker Alice. Alice Ivers was introduced to the game by her first husband, Frank Duffield. After he was killed in a mining accident, she turned to the poker tables to support herself and could earn as much as $6,000 on a good night – not bad money if you can get it!
In her later years, she ran her own poker house and saloon. It’s thought that she earned about $250,000 playing poker, an amount that would be worth about three million dollars today, suffice to say she had a formidable poker face.