AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A professional poker player and author who gained international fame as "Amarillo Slim" has died in Texas.
Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston Jr. died Sunday in hospice care in Amarillo. Bunky Preston said Monday that his father had colon cancer. He was 83.
The self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Gambler" was born in Johnson, Ark. His family later moved to Texas and settled in Amarillo.
Bunky Preston says his father picked up the Amarillo Slim nickname while playing pool. He was in the military and entertained U.S. troops by doing pool exhibitions.
Preston won the 1972 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo.
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