"Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker."
May 1, 2012 3:52 PM Subscribe
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"I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a Champion and make a sucker of of him." - Thomas Austin Preston Jr, aka Amarillo Slim
, poker's first celebrity, has died at age 83
.Although he became famous as a poker player
- he won the World Series of Poker Championship in 1972, as well as four other preliminary WSOP events and other poker tournaments over the years
-- he was also a pool hustler, ping pong hustler, golf hustler, and general sports betting hustler who would bet large sums on anything when he felt he was getting the right price.
It must also be said that his last decade was filled with controversy and sadness: In August 2003, a grand jury in Randall County, Texas indicted Slim on multiple counts of indecency with a child.
The felony charges were later dropped, but Slim eventually agreed to plead "no contest" to misdemeanor assault charges to protect his family, he claimed
, and avoid the embarrassment of a public trial. His reputation forever tarnished, Slim spent his last years out of the spot light, watching from the sidelines as a new generation of poker players rode televised poker to new heights of fame, fortune, and celebrity.