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Poker legend Amarillo Slim passes away

30/4/2012
Poker stalwart Amarillo Slim has died at the age of 83.

Slim, real name Thomas Preston, is credited with helping raise the profile of the game following his victory at the 1972 World Series of Poker.

Born on 31 December 1928 in Johnson, Arkansas, Slim initially travelled around Texas taking part in illegal underground games with the likes of Doyle Brunson and Bryan “Sailor” Roberts.

However his success in the 1972 tournament led to increased recognition for both himself and the game, including a string of television appearances on programmes such as Good Morning America, 60 Minutes and The Tonight Show.

Slim, who won three other bracelets during his career, passed away on Sunday at a hospice near his home in Amarillo, Texas.

His family have released the following statement: "We hope everyone will remember our beloved Amarillo Slim for all the positive things he did for poker and to popularize his favorite game - Texas Hold'em."
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