Amarillo Slim Passes Away

This story was published more than 12 years ago.

Professional poker legend Thomas Preston Jr., better known as "Amarillo Slim" passed away after suffering from a prolonged illness.

Preston, who hailed from Texas, was popular for wearing Stetson hats and cowboy boots and helped establish the game of poker before it became the televised phenomenon that we all have become accustomed to.

Amarillo Slim won a World Series of Poker Main Event in 1972, was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1992, and competed in the WSOP until 2008.

A statement released by Preston's family read: "We hope everyone will remember our beloved Amarillo Slim for all the positive things he did for poker and to popularise his favourite game, Texas Hold'em."

Preston passed away surrounded by his family.