Monday, April 30, 2012

Amarillo Slim dies at 83; poker's first celebrity

It was 3 a.m. in Las Vegas in May 1972.

Thomas Austin Preston Jr., better known as Amarillo Slim, had won the main event at the World Series of Poker less than two hours earlier, and there he was looking for a game — any game.

"As long as it's for real money," the tall and lanky professional gambler in the anteater-hide cowboy boots told a Times reporter, pushing his pearl-gray Stetson toward the back of his head.

"Seems like a feller ought to be able to get a game like that — something interesting, you know — in a town like this here," he said. "But I swear to goodness I just can't hardly find a thing to occupy my time!"

Amarillo Slim, who was long known as a living legend on the worldwide poker circuit, died of colon cancer Sunday in hospice care in Amarillo, Texas, said his son, Bunky Preston. He was 83.

A 1992 inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame, Slim was a colorful character who became known as poker's first celebrity. In the wake of his 1972 World Series of Poker win, he began promoting poker — and himself — on"The Tonight Show"and other TV shows.

He also wrote a number of books, including "Amarillo Slim's Play Poker to Win" and "Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived."

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shaved OT:

Bobby Rush has 1200/month lease on a Lexus Suv that is paid for by the tax dollars

pity said...

12 years old!

You could have bought 6 of the prettiest looking professional 12 year olds that ever made a man a boy again and they would have considered it an honor and a pleasure toi extend a professional courtesy.

I bought three nurses in Vegas once and I didn't even need a band aid!

They were cheaper than the MAYO clinic and made me feel good in places I didn't know I had places!

Slim, you had the gift and threw it away,

I Voted For Obama said...

pity voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

ummm....you forgot to mention he sexually abused his 12 year old grand daughter according to the Sun-Times

Anonymous said...

Never play poke with somebody named Slim.

That goes double when Slim is modified with "Amarillo" or any other Texas town.

King Kaffir said...

Lawd Hab Mercy---

From one card player to another--RIP!

Anonymous said...

RIP Arma Dildo...