The name “Amarillo slim” might not resonate well with young poker lovers, but to the older folks, “Amarillo slim” is a name that they revere. Born Thomas Austin Preston, jr., in the state of Arkansas in 1928, the man would move on to become one of the greatest legends in poker. It is in this journey of becoming the best that he would earn the name “Amarillo slim”. The legend passed on Sunday 29th April after succumbing to colon cancer, he was 83 years old.
Preston was admitted to a hospice care last week, he initially showed signs of improvement, but as fate would have it, he was never to leave the hospice alive. He had shown some improvement signs buoyed, by the visit of his old buddies such as Doyle Brunson the famed “road gambler”. The announcement of the demise of Preston was left to Scott Clark; he also stated that full details regarding the passing of the poker great would be provided by his family.
“Amarillo slim” literally propelled himself to the global stage during the 1972 WSOP main event when he emerged the winner of the event with his first bracelet. This victory propelled him into celebrity status, making him appear on programs such The tonight show, and movies that helped to capitulate the game of poker to where it is today. He was to show his prowess in many poker tournaments and also won three more WSOP bracelets that cemented his place in poker folklore. His was particularly known for his skills of making amazing outlandish prop bets and his amazing skills on the bet. His many exploits led to his indictment to the poker Hall of fame.
Preston was also very instrumental in the advancement of the poker. he personally authored several poker books including the popular Amarillo slim in A World Full of Fat People and Amarillo Slim’s play poker To Win. These books have valuable information on the game of poker and have surely helped many people in advancing their game. Amarillo slim was to play host to the popular super Bowl of poker until it was cancelled in 1991. According to Hendon Mob database, he earned an impressive $587,568. His place in history among poker greats is definitely assured,
Casino cheers will like to pass our dear condolence to the Preston family during this trying time.