Tallest of the Tall Tales

Legendary poker player and gambler Thomas Austin Preston, better known as Amarillo Slim, is the quintessential gambler. One of the first superstars of poker he helped to popularize the game and played with such famous figures as Presidents Johnson and Nixon. He even played a few hands with legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar. Despite his […]

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From Zero to Hero

Archie Karas was a natural-born gambler. He had been making a living in the poker and pool halls of L.A. since he was 17 and lived for the thrill of a big win. In 1992, he was having a bit of a bad run. He’d just lost $2 million playing poker in Los Angeles, but […]

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