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Iconic poker champ 'Amarillo Slim' dies

Iconic poker champ 'Amarillo Slim' dies | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
Thomas Preston Jr. spent 22 hours to make $60,000 and headlines as "Amarillo Slim" in the 1972 World Series of Poker, then lived a public life of gambling and showmanship until his death Sunday morning.


In private, he was a family man and lover of horses.

“He was a cowboy at heart,” said Bunky Preston, his eldest son. “He used poker to make money, but he enjoyed chasing cows.”


Slim, 83, had been a patient at Baptist St. Anthony Hospice since April 18.


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Breaking News: Poker Legend Amarillo Slim on Deathbed

Breaking News: Poker Legend Amarillo Slim on Deathbed | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
One of the greatest poker icons ever, Amarillo Slim, was reportedly in a hospice late Monday evening, April 16, 2012, clinging to life.


Amarillo Slim, whose real name is Thomas Austin Preston, Jr., is 83 years old.


Preston won the main event at the 1972 World Series of Poker and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.


Preston has four World Series of Poker bracelets with his most recent win in 1990.


In May 2003, Preston published his autobiography Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, where he wrote of playing poker with the likes of Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson along with Larry Flynt. A film based on the book is reportedly in development and will star Nicholas Cage.

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