Ante Up, Ladies

As poker mania grips the nation, more women are mastering the game, applying their own life lessons to poker and the lessons of poker to life

Dark, smoke-filled rooms and tough guys slouching around a table, playing for keeps--that's our image of poker from old movies. But in the past few years, as poker mania has taken hold of the nation--fueled by televised tournaments, celebrity players and a proliferation of online poker sites--the game's macho image has undergone a makeover. At card tables both real and virtual across the country, women who didn't know a flush from a full house a year ago are pushing in chips and slapping down cards faster than you can say Texas Hold 'Em. Like many men, female players are often drawn...

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