|Amarillo Slim Preston|
|Born||Thomas Austin Preston Jr.|
December 31, 1928
|Died||April 29, 2012 (aged 83)|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
Thomas Austin Preston Jr. (December 31, 1928 – April 29, 2012), known as Amarillo Slim, was an American professional gambler known for his poker skills and proposition bets. Preston won the 1972 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.
Before becoming a well-known tournament player, Preston was a rounder, touring the United States looking for gambling action along with Doyle Brunson and Sailor Roberts, effectively introducing Texas Hold’em, the most popular poker type today, to Las Vegas in the 1960s.
Preston participated in the first World Series of Poker in 1970 along with Johnny Moss, Sailor Roberts, Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson, Crandell Addington, and Carl Cannon. Following his victory in the 1972 WSOP Main Event, he appeared on several talk shows, including The Tonight Show, and had a small part in the 1974 Robert Altman movie California Split. He appeared on I've Got a Secret, where his secret involved losing $190,000 in one night of poker.
He also founded the tournament series called Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker, which ran annually between 1979 and 1991.
In January/February 1980, Amarillo Slim hosted the Second Annual Poker Classic, which was the second-most prestigious poker tournament of its time. This series eventually came to be called the Super Bowl of Poker and continued until 1991. Gabe Kaplan became the first winner of this tournament series and Stu Ungar won the title three times.
Preston's lifetime tournament earnings totaled more than $587,000.
World Series of Poker bracelets
|1972||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship||$60,000|
|1974||$1,000 No Limit Hold'em||$11,100|
|1985||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha||$85,000|
|1990||$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha||$142,000|
In 1973, Preston and Bill G. Cox wrote Play Poker to Win which was published by Grosset and Dunlap. A revised edition of the book was published by HarperCollins in 2005 entitled Amarillo Slim's Play Poker to Win.
In May 2003, Preston published his autobiography Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, where he wrote of playing poker with Larry Flynt, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon among others. In addition to his poker exploits, Preston wrote about his exploits in proposition betting.
In April 2007, Preston created a website and released an E-Book called All In: An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold'em. The book was written by Preston along with Joe Brent Riley.
Thomas Austin Preston Jr. was born on December 31, 1928, in Johnson, Arkansas, but when he was an infant his parents moved to Turkey, Texas. After they divorced, his mother returned to Johnson, while his father moved to Amarillo. Slim is quoted as saying: "It's a good thing he did, because Amarillo Slim sounds a heck of a lot better than Turkey Tom or Arkansas Austin." Preston was divorced, had three children, and lived in Amarillo, Texas.
In August 2003, Preston was indicted in Randall County, Texas, on charges of indecency with a 12-year-old grandchild. The charges were reduced to misdemeanor assault in a plea bargain, and on February 10, 2004, Preston pleaded "no contest" to the reduced charges "to protect his family". Preston received a $4,000 fine, two years probation, and was "ordered to undergo counseling". In a 2009 interview, he stated that he was innocent of any wrongdoing, but chose to take the plea bargain in order to spare his family from a court trial.
Early on the morning of October 4, 2006, Preston was the victim of an attempted armed robbery. The armed robber fired three bullets into Preston's car as he sped away. Preston was not injured.
On January 28, 2007, Preston was robbed at gunpoint while in his home.
On January 22, 2009, Preston was beaten and robbed near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Soncy Road while attempting to collect a gambling debt.
Preston's autobiography was the topic of a biopic movie reported to be under development. Nicolas Cage reportedly was to play Preston's character in the movie. According to a 2009 article at Poker Listings, the "planned Hollywood movie about Slim's life" has been "dropped".
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- "World Series of Poker: A Retrospective: 1970 Summary". UNLV. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- 'Amarillo Slim' Preston at IMDb
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- "Amarillo Slim's Life: Biggest Profits, Losses, Private Life & Net Worth". Somuchpoker.com.
- "Phil Ivey's Semi-Bluff". The Ringer. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
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- Amarillo Slim Preston tournament results from The Hendon Mob website
- "Amarillo Slim's Play Poker to Win - Amarillo Slim Preston - Paperback". HarperCollins Canada. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- Preston, Amarillo Slim; Dinkin, Greg (April 26, 2005). Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived. Harper Collins. ISBN 9780060762308.
- "All In: An E-Guide to No Limit Texas Hold'Em by Amarillo Slim Preston". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- Carlson, Michael (May 4, 2012). "Amarillo Slim obituary". The Guardian.
- Stutz, Howard (April 29, 2012). "Poker icon 'Amarillo Slim' Preston dies at age 83". Las Vegas Review-Journal. lvrj.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- "Amarillo Slim". The Economist. May 12, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- Indictment might silence bluster of famed hustler `Amarillo Slim', from the Las Vegas Review-Journal website
- "A legend lost: Amarillo Slim breaks his silence Pt. 1 - Poker News".
- Don't mess with Slim from the Amarillo Globe-News website
- Slim robbed from the Amarillo Globe-News website
- Stecklein, Janelle (January 22, 2009). "Amarillo Slim beaten, robbed". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
- Forman bets on Cage-led 'Slim' biopic from a January 2005 article in The Hollywood Reporter
- "Amarillo Slim - Poker Player Profile". www.homepokergames.com.
- His old friend Doyle Brunson made a tribute to him on his blog the day he died.Burton, Earl (April 29, 2012). "Poker Legend "Amarillo Slim" Preston Passes Away". pokernewsdaily.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Martin, Douglas (April 30, 2012). "Amarillo Slim, Five-Time Poker World Series Winner, Dies at 83". The New York Times.