Amarillo Slim Preston

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 21:04

Amarillo Slim Preston

A poker biography of Amarillo Slim Preston.

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Name - Amarillo Slim Preston

Born - In 1928, Johnson, Arkansas, United States

Poker Room - Not Available


A living legend in the colorful and exciting world of poker, Amarillo Slim Preston is ever-so-famous for his proposition bets and his out-of-this world poker playing techniques. This Arkansas born gentleman has been a winner of four World Series Of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelets, and has been inducted into five different poker Halls of Fame. Aside from poker games, Preston's list of outrageous bets include using a carpentry hammer to play golf with stuntman Evel Knievel; using broom handles for playing pool instead of cue sticks with Minnesota Fats; and playing a one million dollar game of ping-pong with Bobby Reese using frying skillets made of iron instead of paddles. It may be a matter of chance or luck, but Preston won these bets, making people consider him to be one of the greatest gamblers of all time.

Slim Preston may also be credited from being the only person who have created such a hyped-up awareness to poker. After winning in the WSOP tourney in 1972, Preston appeared in numerous nighttime shows across America like "The Tonight Show," "60 Minutes," and "The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder." Preston has also ventured into acting, when he made an appearance with Elliot Gould and George Segal in the Robert Altman film, "California Split."

Born in 1928, Slim Preston is seen to carry an immense amount of wisdom and crafty knowledge that makes him the most quotable poker player ever. Some of his most famous quotes include the following: "Poker is a game of people...It's not the hand I hold, it's the people that I play with", and, "Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker." Preston is probably one of the wisest poker player that has walked the earth, and other players are taking notice of it, especially after hearing his advice: "If you have a strong hand, don't check, then raise. It may scare your opponents into throwing hands away early."

Slim Preston is also known for his memorable poker games, which not many players can attest to have experienced. Aside from his game experiences in several Las Vegas casinos, he is also known to have accepted game challenges from bandits in Houston, Texas. Despite the warnings of friends and colleagues, Preston went head to head with the bandits' big boss in their headquarters. During the time when he was obviously winning, the bandit leader threatened to kill Preston should he win in the match. Thanks to his dry wit and way with words, the tension-filled headquarters erupted into laughter, and Preston was able to go home in one piece.

His interesting experiences, both good and bad has made Preston a truly interesting fellow. His colorful life is documented in his book "Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived." Always witty and funny, people have a hard time figuring out what makes Amarillo Slim Preston tick. The only thing that is certain is that any game that he is in is guaranteed to be a worthwhile show.