Amarillo Slim Preston
Prior to the explosive
growth of poker in the early 21st Century, Amarillo Slim Preston was the most famous professional poker player to ever play the game.
No other person living or dead ever brought more attention to the game of poker... or himself. After winning the
World Series of Poker in 1972, Slim appeared on the Tonight Show many times, did other
television like 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, the Tomorrow Show
with Tom Snyder and appeared in the Robert Altman movie California Split
with George Segal and Elliot Gould. More recently the attention he brought unto himself was due to
criminal actions leading to him pleading guilty to
three misdemeanor charges.