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Remembering Poker's 'Amarillo Slim' Preston (1928-2012)

Poker Legend Passes Away Sunday Morning

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Amarillo Slim PrestonPoker legend “Amarillo Slim” Preston died Sunday morning at the age of 83.

Born Thomas Austin Preston Jr. on Dec. 31, 1928 in Johnson, Arkansas, “Amarillo Slim” became one of poker’s most well known personalities and a great hype man for the Texas road gamblers and the early World Series of Poker.

Preston, always unmistakably adorned in his trademark Stetson hat and custom cowboy boots, won the World Series of Poker’s main event in 1972, just the third year the event was held.

After winning the event, he sought to help change the image of poker and became, as he says in his 2003 autobiography, titled Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, “a touring ambassador for the sport.”

Preston was adapt at bringing attention to the game of poker and to himself.

He appeared on the Tonight Show 11 times where, according to Preston’s autobiography, “Johnny and I got along like ham and eggs.” He also appeared on other television shows such as 60 Minutes and Good Morning America, as well as on several game shows.

“People have been making all this fuss about Moneymaker but Slim was Moneymaker before Moneymaker was alive,” Poker Hall of Fame Member Crandall Addington told Card Player. “Slim was instrumental, the front man, the golden voice that helped poker grow and he helped people realize the game was not just full of gangsters, thugs and leg breakers.”

Preston’s autobiography is full of colorful gambling tales, such as beating Minnesota Fats in pool with a broom, that helped embellish his reputation as a world class gambler and hustler.

Preston was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992. He won four total WSOP bracelets.

His family released a statement Sunday that was posted to the World Series of Poker website.

“We hope everyone will remember our beloved Amarillo Slim for all the positive things he did for poker and to popularize his favorite game, Texas Hold’em,” the family said.

You can read more about Preston’s life in an upcoming issue of Card Player magazine.

 
 
 
 

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Maxx
over 8 years ago

I guess you could say "He cashed in his chips" RIP Slim, God Speed!

 
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Sam Rothstein
over 8 years ago

I'm sure the 12 year will remember him anyways, since it's his granddaughter you idiot.

 
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Sam Rothstein
over 8 years ago

You don't know if he molested anyone or not, so just keep your pie hole shut. Doyle says he didn't and Doyle knows him better than anyone.

 
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TandG21
over 8 years ago

Let The man RIP He will be judged

 
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mikeyb111
over 8 years ago

I remember seeing armadillo on the Carson show years ago.

 
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Judemiester
over 8 years ago

I was a friend of Slim's and his whole family for many years 80' thru 2012. Slim was a fine man. He was favorably exonerated of those alligations by his family in 2009. He was charged with the crime of molesting a minor but the charges were dropped because his grandaughter stretched the truth to get back her mom for punishing her for something she did that made the 12 yearold mad. She told Slim she was sorry about what she said and would he please forgive her. Which Slim did, and to my knowledge never thought about it again.

 
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texasroadgambler
over 8 years ago

None of you commenting here knows what happened.

But whatever happened or didn't happen, his family has forgiven him. That's the end of it.

 
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Remember
over 8 years ago

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