He died at age 83, but Thomas Austin Preston Jr., was known throughout the poker world as Amarillo Slim.
Amarillo was a professional gambler who won the 1972 World Series of Poker Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.
Slim won four WSOP bracelets, including two in Omaha. His final WSOP win was in 1990. In the $2500 pot limit Omaha event at the 2000 Series he came in second to Phil Ivey. Slim’s tournament earnings total more than $587,000.
In January/February 1980, Slim hosted the Second Annual Poker Classic, which was the second most prestigious poker tournament in its time. – GT Staff and Wire Reports.
The Miami Herald building, although still standing, no longer houses the newspaper operation. As of last week, the Miami Herald building is now owned by Malaysia-based Genting Group, the company that paid $236 million for the right to tear it down.
After paying an $11 million advance to a struggling Atlantic City casino it intended to buy, the parent company of the world’s largest online poker website was left with nothing for its troubles Friday when a judge ruled the casino had the right to scrap the deal.
New Jersey moved forward Friday with its plans to offer Internet gambling, issuing regulations on how the new online bets are to be handled. The state still has not set a date when Atlantic City’s 12 casinos may begin offering Internet bets.
Nevada regulators have approved Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.’s buyout of rival Ameristar Casinos Inc. The $869 million deal will more than double Pinnacle’s size.
Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino faces daunting hurdles as it joins a crowded race for the lucrative destination resort business in Massachusetts. The operators of the biggest casino in North America are proposing a $1 billion, 300,000-square foot resort.