Name: Amarillo “Slim” Preston
Birthday: December 31, 1928
Location: Amarillo, Texas
Online Screen Names: None known
Amarillo “Slim” Preston has had a long and decorated career, if a troubled personal life. He is also acknowledged as one of the main reasons why poker is as huge as it is today. First breaking on the scene in 1972 when he won the World Series of Poker Championship, Slim was the star of the poker circuit. Always naturally witty and outspoken, he followed his victory up by appearing on numerous talk shows and got the word out there. He drew attention to the world of poker and placed it in the mainstream arena. Slim has always promoted the sport and will probably continue to do so until his dying day, but he is equally well known within the world of poker for his ability!
Already a member of the Poker Hall of Fame (induction year 1992), Slim spent his early career travelling around the United States looking for games. His two most famous companions were Sailor Roberts and Doyle Brunson. However, he became close friends with casino owner Benny Binion and could often be found at his gaming tables.
Although his 1972 WSOP bracelet was the first, it was not the last in an illustrious career that now spans about forty years. He also won bracelets in 1974, 1985 and 1990, thus making history as the first player to win them in three decades. He narrowly missed out on winning a fifth just after the turn of the millennium. In 2000, he placed second in the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha. He narrowly lost to Phil Ivey.
Regardless of how Amarillo Slim is perceived off of the poker table as a result of court action in 2003-04, he has done more than any other professional for the sport, which he is an enthusiastic advocate of. He has travelled around the world promoting poker and helping to set up facilities in virgin countries. However, that has also led him into trouble through no fault of his own. He had travelled to Colombia to help set up the Casino de Caribe, but was kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity. He was released unharmed, but seems to attract this kind of thing. He has been held at gunpoint and shot at during the course of his career, numerous times!
Slim has certainly had a colorful career but will be remembered as one of the greatest players to ever grace the circuit.