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Doc Holliday and the Powder Puff Poker Players – Part 9


March 31, 2019

Two powder puff poker players of the late 1800s were anything but delicate in both countenance and deed. The women were not particularly attractive, but were strong physically, they liked to win at cards, and they did not like to be cheated.

One of them was Minnie Smith, also known as Lou Eaton or Dirty Alice. Not much is known about Minnie’s early years, but by the time she had passed her 30th birthday she had established an impressive reputation for: (1) dealing cards, (2) being a capable poker player and (3) having a fiery temper when roused. Relative to the third quality, she was know...

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