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Amarillo Slim Passes Away at 83

Tags: amarillo slim preston, death, doyle brunson, poker legend, rip, wsop.
Posted on 30 April 2012 by "T".

The poker world lost an icon yesterday as five-time World Series of Poker Champion "Amarillo Slim" Preston passed away just after midnight at a hospice near his home in Amarillo, Texas.

His family was by his side from the day he was hospitalized till the very end. Preston's daughter confirmed the poker legend's death by releasing a statement regarding her father's passing:

"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."

Doyle Brunson, who used to tour America in the old days together with Amarillo Slim to find poker games, twittered the following about his good old friend.

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16 comments on "Amarillo Slim Passes Away at 83"

 bullettooth130/04/2012 07:49:30 GMT
rip amarillo slim. you were a true great.
a great loss to the poker world. my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
God bless you amarillo slim
 Chartoule30/04/2012 08:25:49 GMT
Rest in peace Amarillo Slim. We miss you. The poker world will be a little more sick without you.
Thoughts to family, friends and to all the poker players.
 MarcWinz30/04/2012 08:34:42 GMT
RIP Amarillo.......... Sad Sad Sad

Best wishes to his family and let's all remember his legacy.................

GL to you all...................

Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 pokershark7430/04/2012 08:39:42 GMT
RIP truly a sad sad death to hear about, he was a great man and is going to be a very missed influential member of the poker world.
 shokaku30/04/2012 09:23:42 GMT
R.I.P. Sad
 K0_ot30/04/2012 10:10:44 GMT
RIP, he was a legend
 Fakiry30/04/2012 10:43:01 GMT
The bad news have now been confirmed. If he was suffering, maybe it’s better this way. I am sure these have been 83 years lived in a very intensive way. His named will be forever recorded in the history of poker, if not for any other reason, at least for being five times WSOP champion, what a record.
 noonlion30/04/2012 14:52:44 GMT
it was coming sadly.

not really knowledgable about the dude but his reputation precedes hima nd his betting outwith the poker world is more interesting than anything really.

some guy
 Macubaas30/04/2012 17:58:15 GMT
R.I.P I remember that i saw some vids of him from wsop on youtube couple of years ago...

From what i know he was pretty ill so it was somewhat expectde this to happen sooner or later. Anyways bad news for the poker community.
 Cliffem30/04/2012 18:04:57 GMT
R.I.P One of the first generation poker ledgends , My thoughts are with his family and friends! Grind it up above the clouds Slim!
 Greenmohave30/04/2012 20:00:56 GMT
WAas just reading about Amarillo Slim and seen he passed "God Bless His Soul" and he was inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame back in 1992. We'll miss him, but hopefully we'll get to hear stories about some of the times he had playuing poker. It's sad, but we have that day and that's why we should cherish the people we meet and respect the small things like opinions without taking everything so serious.
 Flippedchips30/04/2012 23:50:40 GMT
He had a good one Smile RIP Worship

He had a good one Smile RIP Worship
 doomdy01/05/2012 07:02:15 GMT
 GIOMi602/05/2012 00:56:59 GMT
Rest in peace Amarillo Slim, he was one the pioneers of poker and he was a big promoter of the game itself, Poker was his life.
 dinkish02/05/2012 13:17:24 GMT
BIG Bucket of Win He will be missed R.I.P.
 mahdrof02/05/2012 14:35:10 GMT
RIP. Playing on the road and trying to find poker games, risking getting beaten up, robbed or killed, while we sit in the safety of our home in a comfy chair with the laptop going playing internet poker - worlds apart! It actually makes me feel like playing live again, where you feel that if ever you put a really sick beat on some of these guys they would be waiting for you at the end of the night....

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