Poker great Thomas 'Amarillo Slim' Preston dies

May 1, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – In this July 6, 2007, file photo is Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston Jr., an acclaimed professional poker player, at a World Series Poker event in Las Vegas. Bunky Preston said Monday, April 30, 2012, that his father died of colon cancer Sunday, April 29, 2012 in hospice care in Amarillo, Texas. He was 83. Preston says his father got his Amarillo Slim nickname playing pool. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston Jr., a poker champion whose brash style, fast talking and love of the spotlight helped broaden the professional game’s appeal and made him one of its most recognizable characters, has died. He was 83.

Preston’s son, Bunky Preston, said he died Sunday of colon cancer while in hospice care in Amarillo, where he lived.

“He was playing poker until the very, very end,” Bunky Preston told The Associated Press on Monday.

While Thomas Preston craved the spotlight that his poker fame provided, his public image was sullied eight years ago when he was Login to read more

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