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The greatest gambler who ever lived7 July 2003
Amarillo Slim Preston, the Guinness Book
of Records holder for being in five Halls of Fame: poker, gambling,
seniors, legends of Texas and legends of Nevada, is still with us,
living it up in Amarillo, beatin' the tar-Texas style-out of anyone
willing to wager on anything from pitching coins to playing poker.
In great detail, Slim and Dinkin chronicle Amarillo's winning ways and his larger-than-life-wagers like these classics. He won $300,000 from Willie Nelson in a televised match of dominoes, or remember when he beat Bobby Riggs out of $10,000 in a game of Ping-Pong played with frying pans as paddles? He also trounced a world champion ping-pong player with a Coca-Cola bottle, and even whooped Minnesota Fats in a game of pool using a broomstick as a cue.
Not one to pass up a poker playing opportunity, Slim has played poker with Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, and drug lords Pablo Escobar and Jimmy Charga-Slim states he has never seen men with more money and less brains than drug lords- always applying Slim's Top 10 Keys to poker success, which follow here at no extra charge.
1. Play the players more than you play
Sagacious advice from the Winner of the World Series of Poker in 1972 at Binion's Horseshoe (he still plays this tournament), and whom many call the greatest gambler who ever lived. I know you will enjoy, Duke, this fascinating new memoir. I surely did.
To be a consistent winner in blackjack, Tom, you must play basic strategy and play only on games ... (are you listening?) ... only on games with the most favorable playing rules.
A dealer's stay on a soft 17 is one such rule that is ALWAYS to the player's advantage. You have a built-in advantage of 0.20% when the dealer is forced to stay on a soft 17. And you, of course, then put on your suave and casual smile and go for the jugular.
Gambling quote of the week: "If
there is anything worth arguing about, I'll either bet on it or shut up.
And since it's no becoming for a cowboy to be arguing, I've made a few
wagers in my day. But in my humble opinion, I'm no hustler. You see,
neighbor, I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a champion and
make a sucker out of him."-Amarillo Slim
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