Amarillo Slim Poker
Amarillo Slim Preston is the most famous professional poker player to ever play the game. No other person living or dead ever brought more attention to the game of poker, or to himself.  After winning the World Series of Poker in 1972, Slim appeared on the Tonight Show many times, did other television like 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, the Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder and appeared in the Robert Altman movie California Split with George Segal and Elliot Gould. More recently the attention he brought unto himself was due to legal troubles leading to him pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charges.

Now in his seventies, Slim continues to be one of the world's most talented poker players, particularly in Pot Limit Omaha and Hold'em, and No Limit Hold'em. His reading of the action in final table tournament commentary is often amazingly accurate. The Poker Books page has a link to his autobiography Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People
Amarillo Slimís Greatest Bets
  1. Playing Minnesota Fats in one-pocket with a broom.
  2. Taking 211/2 points on the Jets and winning a big bet on Broadway Joe in Super Bowl III.
  3. Hitting a golf ball a mile on a frozen lakeóinspired by Titanic Thompson.
  4. Wagering that a cat could pick up a Coke bottle.
  5. Betting on which sugar cube a fly would land on in an Arkansas jail.
  6. Outrunning a horse for a hundred yards (no one ever said nothing about the race being a straight-away).
  7. Holding a horseís tail for a quarter of a mile in San Angelo, Texas.
  8. Broad jumping farther than a superior athlete at Rogers Municipal Golf Course.
  9. Winning the World Series of Poker at Binionís Horseshoe in 1972.
  10. Rafting down the River of No Return in winter in a wetsuit made by Jacques CousteauĖa bet that earned me $31,000 from Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder.
  11. Beating Evel Knievel in golf with a carpenterís hammer and betting that two out of thirty cab drivers in Dallas would have the same birthday.
  12. Shooting free throws with a football against a Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.
  13. Beating Bobby Riggs playing Ping-Pong with a skillet.
  14. Beating a world champion Ping-Pong player with a Coca-Cola bottle.\
  15. Betting that a champion bowler couldnít bowl seventy blindfolded (and that a driver with a little physical impairment could).
  16. Finding (a) person who could eat a quail a day for thirty days.
  17. Beating Willie Nelson out of $300,000 playing dominoes in Las Vegas.
  18. Riding a camel through Casino El Mamounia in Marrakesh, Morrocco.
  19. Pitching coins with Bob Stupak for $65,000 at the Orleans in Las Vegas.
  20. Playing Larry Flynt head-up poker at the Fips Club in Los Angeles.
  21. Betting a prominent politician that George W. Bush would win the 2000 Presidential election.

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Amarillo Slim Poker
"Poker is a game of people... It's not the hand I hold, it's the people that I play with."
"Look around the table.  If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker."
"Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker."
"They anticipate losing when they sit down and I try my darndest not to disappoint one of them."


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