Carlotta J. Thompkins was born in 1844 in Warsaw, Kentucky, USA. She was the eldest daughter in a family quite wealthy – her father breed racing horses and was a gambler. By the way, it was her father, who simply adored Carlotta, and taught her the first wisdom of card games. By the way, along with her father, she was still a child, traveled to casinos not only within America but also around the world, she was at the racetracks, and at some point, her father even taught her some cheating techniques. He did it for the sake of raising a strong, really looking at life daughter – he did not want to see his favorite Carlotta stupid girl, the only trump card which for a very short time will be beauty. On the contrary, he raised her as a girl of clever, ironic and grip.
When Carlotta was 17, her father died – there was a Civil War, and it was from this point on carefree childhood ended for the young girl.
Mother sent her adult daughter to Detroit – there it was easier and more promising to find a decent groom. Together with the girl went to Detroit and her nanny – a huge, two-meter-high Negro named Mary Poindexter (Mary Poindexter), which for many years was Lottie’s companion, bodyguard and most loyal friend.
When the money for her life in Detroit ran out and her fiancé was never found, Tompkins started playing cards, and that’s why she and her companion set out on a journey along the Mississippi River. It is known that by that time she already had a friend – a charming cartographer Johnny Golden, who offered Carlotta to keep him company on the Mississippi ships. On the way, the lucky and smart cardigan Charlotte or Lottie (which is what Carlotte began to call herself) and her friend Johnny emptied the pockets and wallets of gambling passengers traveling on the river. By the way, the girl kept her mother quiet about her line of work.
In 1863 the couple Lottie-Johnny split, and they agreed to meet later, for which in 1865 the ladies arrived in San Antonio (San Antonio), where Johnny was soon to appear, but he was delayed for 5 long years. During this time, Lottie began working as a croupier in a gambling establishment ‘University Club’, and very soon she became very famous in card circles. She was even nicknamed Angel of San Antonio, and soon the girl fell in love with Frank Thurmond.
By the way, when at some point Johnny Golden came to San Antonio, he tried to declare Lottie his lawful wife, but it did not work out – her heart already fully belonged to Thermond.
The happiness of lovers, alas, was not long – after a quarrel at the card table Frank sprang up and killed a man, after which he considered it good to flee the city. Lottie’s brave heart gave her no peace, and she went in search of her lover.
She searched all over Texas for him, and eventually found Frank – he worked as a croupier at one of the Fort Griffin gaming establishments. The girl immediately got a job there – that’s where Lottie started calling herself Lottie Deno, and under that name she went down in poker history forever. So, it was here that she began to win big sums, and it was in Fort Griffin that Lottie began to enjoy the reputation of the Queen of Poker.
It is known that on his misfortune Johnny Golden soon arrived there, hoping to get Lottie back. Just a day after Golden arrived, his killer was never found dead. It is not known if Frank was Johnny’s killer, but he and Lottie continued to be together, and they married much later, in 1880.
From Fort Griffin, the couple left in 1877, going to Kingston, New Mexico. Somehow in the heat of the game Thermond again killed a man, and this time Frank and Lottie swore that they would never play again. Loyal to their vows, they left Kingston and settled in Deming, New Mexico.
Lottie’s husband worked and later became a banker, while Lottie herself was engaged in housekeeping and charity. By the way, in order to raise money to build a church, she once sat down at a card table – in the end, thanks to Lottie, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church appeared.
Lottie Deno survived her husband for a quarter century and died February 9, 1934. She was buried under the name Charlotte Thurmond.