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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Breaking the Bank

In the late 19th century, Monte Carlo was a playground for the rich and powerful.  Everyone from businessman to bored royalty played the tables at Monte Carol, but no one played them as well as Charles Deville Wells. The shoddily dressed middle-aged Englishman must have looked more than a little out of place among the […]

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Betting the Moon

The Apollo 11 moon landing was one of the most important and well-known events of the last century and was the defining moment of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. But for one man, David Threlfall, it also represented a nice pay day. In 1964, Threlfall, a sci-fi fan who […]

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