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Goodbye Amarillo Slim Preston! You will be greatly missed by the poker community.
Amarillo Slim, World famous gambler, 83, died overnight in hospice care in Amarillo. He leaves a legend bigger than Texas when it comes to tall tales and tall mountians of chips he won in poker games, ping pong matches, pool halls and dance halls. The man never met a bet he didn't want to find a way to win. He bet on gross and anything, as told in his memoir, Amarillo Slim In a World of Fat People.
A long-time pool hustler and poker player (who partnered with Sailor Roberts and Doyle Brunson in the 1950's), Slim was well known in the poker world when he won the WSOP Championship in 1972. He wasn't known much beyond the Texas circuit of poker games and Las Vegas, however. But after the championship win, the never-at-a-loss-for-words Preston became a popular on TV shows after stories of his championship ran in Parade magazine, which was inserted in multitude of Sunday newspapers across the country.
Afterwards, Preston was a regular on The Tonight Show and was seen on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, To Tell The Truth and even What's My Line. He was colorful, brash, funny, and a perfect ambassador for the poker world. He will be missed.
This year's WSOP starts on Sunday May 27, 2012 with the $500 entry Casino Employee, No-Limit Hold'em tournament. It's a great kick-off for the summer.
Besides the WSOP, I'll be heading to Lake Tahoe for a few weeks of R&R, and maybe back east for the indian ocean City Food and Wine Festival. If you haven't been to Caesars Entertainment's sound noise during the last week of July to drink down your share of the wine and feast on dozens and dozens of food station goodies, you just don't know what you are missing.
notes:a jubilee is a jubilee for a special occasion; festive means joyous starts July 26.............don't miss out!
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