Terry King

Terry King is one of the pioneering women in poker. She arrived in Las Vegas in 1972 and watched her friend play poker until she had the nerve to sit at a table on her own. She loved the game. In 1978 she won the WSOP Ladies’ event bracelet and was also was one of the first women to deal the $10,000 Main Event.

Terry crossed paths with poker legend David “Chip” Reese, an event which changed her life forever. Terry explains, “In 1979, Chip Reese asked me to play in the mixed doubles event. Not long after that, Chip took over the poker room at the Dunes and asked me to play for him to keep games going. Our first date was going to Lake Tahoe to play blackjack.” After their 5 yr relationship ended, they split amicably.

Terry eventually moved to California and went to work at the Bicycle Club. She also helped open Hollywood Park Casino and was a shift manager for 5 years. Terry has been both a poker player and industry person for over 50 years. She is also known as a Poker Historian, being the keeper of many “early years of poker” stories. She continues to share the history in a popular Facebook group with over 4,000 members.