Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. (December 31, 1928 – April 29, 2012), known as Amarillo Slim, was an American professional gambler known for his poker skills andproposition bets. Preston won the 1972 World Series of Poker Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.
Following his WSOP victory he appeared on several talk shows, including The Tonight Show, and had a bit part in the 1974 Robert Altman movie California Split. He appeared on I've Got a Secret, where his secret involved losing $190,000 in one night of poker.
Preston won four WSOP bracelets including two in Omaha. Preston's final WSOP win was in 1990. In the $2500 pot limit Omaha event at the 2000 he came in second to Phil Ivey. Preston's tournament earnings total more than $587,000.
In January/February 1980 Amarillo Slim hosted the Second Annual Poker Classic which was the second most prestigious poker tournament of its time. This series eventually came to be called the Super Bowl of Poker and continued until 1991. Gabe Kaplan became the first winner of this tournament series and Stu Ungar won the title three times.
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