Poker Legend – Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston

Birthdate: December 31, 1928 Birthplace: Johnson, Arkansas, USA Resides: Amarillo, Texas, USA

Nickname: Amarillo Slim

Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992, at the age of 62.

Before Amarillo Slim Preston achieved success in tournament play he was a rounder – travelling around the country in search of high-stakes poker games along with the likes of Doyle Brunson.

He was also the best friend of Benny Binion, the man credited with launching the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

World Series of Poker

A poker world champion, Amarillo Slim is also a poker legend for the part he played in promoting poker in the 1970s.

Preston went against the grain by actively seeking exposure on various American talk shows after being crowned the 1972 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.

Amarillo Slim Preston has not taken part in high-profile tournaments like the World Series in Las Vegas for several years; to date the poker legend has 9 money finishes at the WSOP, including the following 4 winner’s bracelets:

  • The 1972 WSOP $10 000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event
  • The 1974 WSOP $1 000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em event
  • The 1985 WSOP $5 000 Pot Limit Omaha event
  • The 1990 WSOP $5 000 Pot Limit Omaha event

Amarillo Slim has over $590 000 in live poker tournament career earnings to date.

Thomas Preston Trivia

  • Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston has appeared on The Tonight Show 11 times!
  • Amarillo Slim hosted the Second Annual Poker Classic in 1980, which in its time was second only to the WSOP in terms of prestige. The tournament was renamed The Superbowl of Poker and carried on for a decade.
  • While helping to open the Casino de Caribe in Colombia, Amarillo Slim was mistakenly kidnapped by followers of Pablo Escobar and released a short time later.
  • Nicholas Cage is favourite to play Thomas Preston in the proposed movie “Amarillo Slim” about this poker legend.