This week's Five Thoughts looks at Amarillo Slim, TwoPlusTwo, the WSOP APAC and more.
In 1972, well before the Moneymaker Effect, the World Series of Poker was still in its infancy. Seven rounders played the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, including Roger Van Ausdall, Johnny Moss, Jack Straus, Crandell Addington, Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson, and, the eventual winner, Amarillo Slim. After winning, Slim became the first poker celebrity, making appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Good Morning America, and several game shows.
In 1973, the WSOP expanded from two events to eight, and the Championship Event nearly doubled in size, attracting 13 entrants. CBS Sports broadcasted the WSOP for the first time that year, exposing poker to a national audience. Slim’s effect on the game may not be as celebrated as Chris Moneymaker’s — nor is it as widely known — but it should be. His good humor and kind smile showed that poker isn’t just a game for hustlers or degenerate gamblers, and his frequent appearances with Carson brought the game of poker into millions of American homes. Slim’s impact cannot be ignored, nor should it be forgotten.