Some details of her early life are either disputed, mis-reported or just sketchy, but most believe Alice Ivers was born in England on February 17, 1853. The details of how she learned the game of poker seem a bit sketchy as well. Some believe she immigrated to America as a young child, some say in her teens. Some say she arrived in Virginia, the daughter of a conservative school teacher and attended an elite boarding school. One source believes she arrived in New York and was taught to play poker by her father.
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