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Poker’s First Superstar Dies at 83 Years Old

If you are a big fan of poker, then you would certainly have heard of Amarillo Slim. Born Thomas Austin Preston, he was already in the game when it was just played on kitchen tables and casino backrooms and was still unpopular with the general public. Of course, when it rose to prominence, Slim also began to become famous along with it.He began to get known for his talent in handling cards. With his amazing skills, he was able to win four times in the 1972, 1974, 1985, and 1990 World Series of Poker (WSOP) events. He was also elected to around four halls of fames for gambling. However, aside from his abilities, he also became popular because of his charm and wit as well as of his memorable statements. Because of these, a lot of people consider him to be the public face of poker.

Amarillo Slim spent his last days in a hospice and died on April 29, 2012, because of colon cancer. However, poker fans can still take advantage of free bets form Punters Lounge and practise the fine art of card games to keep his legacy alive.

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