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.