A Poker Legend on His Death Bed

April 27, 2012

The end of an era is upon us. Poker legend Amarillo Slim is on his death bed, as reported by fellow poker pro and long-time friend, Doyle Brunson via Twitter. Brunson tweeted, “Just found out Amarillo Slim is at death’s door.”

The 83-year-old old hand is in hospice care and is only expected to live for a couple days at the most. Slim, whose real name is Austin Preston, Jr., has been playing poker long before online cash games and televised tournaments, and he’s got his fair share of stories to tell. His contribution to the game in his lifetime has been insurmountable, and a true legend of poker will be lost. In 1972 in fact, Slim won the World Series of Poker Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992, making him a well deserved Hall of Famer for 20 years now. In addition, he has four WSOP bracelets; he won his last one in 1990 before the poker boom hit the world.

It’s no doubt he’s taken pride in the strides that the game has taken over the past couple decades, but he’s one of the few who knows poker when it was just poker, and he loved it all the same.


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