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If you think of legend of poker, two names come to mind Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. Both are well known poker players as well as book writers. Amarillo Slim is a successful as and interesting character who has succeeded well in the poker industry.

Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston, Jr was born in December 31, 1928 in Johnson, Arkansas. He lived in Mineral Wells, Texas until his parents divorced and then moved in with his father in Amarillo, Texas. He graduated out of high school and joined the military for a couple of years. After doing his time in the service, he met up with Brian Roberts and Doyle Brunson, who became good friends and started to gamble and educate each other.

The poker trio started with all sorts of gambling and travelled from town to town to make a buck or two. If there was anything that would give them an edge over their opponents, they'd gamble over and over again.

Slim did not settle down with gambling. In the 50s, he married Helen, "the greatest gamble in life", as he called it. 20 years later and a whole lot of poker, he watched Johnny Moss with envious eyes as he became the first and second winner at World Series of Poker. Slim decided to claim the position as the world's best poker player and did so in 1972. Since then, he has collected a total of four WSOP bracelets, including a win at the 1974 No Limit Texas Hold'em. For his efforts Slim was added to the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.

Being one of the greatest profiles in history of poker, Amarillo Slim finally decided to settle down with gambling. He wrote his book, Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People, which is a definite source to many of some priceless tips on how to become a good gambler and an interesting take on Amarillo Slim as a person. You can always find Slim in Texas, but you can still find him in some live tournaments or playing at Doyles Room, along with his friend Doyle Brunson.

 
Top 10 Keys to poker success
 
1. Play the players more than you play the cards.
2. Choose the right opponents. If you don't see a sucker at the table, you're it.
3. Never play with money you can't afford to lose.
4. Be tight and aggressive; don't play many hands, but when you do, be prepared to move in.
5. Always be observing at a poker game. The minute you're there, you're working.
6. Watch the other players for "tells" before you look at your own cards.
7. Diversify your play so others can't pick up your tells.
8. Choose your speed based on the direction of the game. Play slow in a fast game, fast in a slow game.
9. Be able to quit a loser, and for goodness sake, keep playing when you're winning.
10. Conduct yourself honorably so you're always invited back.
 

 
Interviews with Amarillo Slim Preston:
 
Interview with Amarillo Slim - Part 1
Interview with Amarillo Slim - Part 2