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Prop Bet Evolution

by Gavin Griffin |  Published: Nov 22, 2017


Say what you will about him as a person, and there are plenty of bad things to mention, but Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston was a great story teller, and probably an all-time prop bettor. He was certainly the most famous gambler in the world all the way up until 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker main event. He was famous for all kinds of things, including being a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I was at the front of the line to read his book Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People in which he details many of his famous prop bets. He beat a pool hustler in a game of pool with a broomstick, won a game of ping pong against a world champion with a frying pan for a paddle and then with a coke bottle for a ...

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