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The Legend of Amarillo Slim


(Image: UNLV Special Collections)

Amarillo Slim was the greatest gambler this world had ever seen.

Slim hustled Minnesota Fats at billiards by insisting they use a broom handle as a cue. He beat a world champion tennis player at ping pong by choosing cast iron skillets as their paddles.

He claimed he could hit a golf ball for a mile, and he did, by driving it across the surface of a frozen lake.

In an Arkansas jail, he bet which sugar cube a fly would land on. He bet on the birthdays of strangers. But mostly, Amarillo Slim bet on cards.

The man won over a million dollars from Larry Flynt in a single game of poker, but there were other times when he lost that much with the turn of the deck. If there wasn’t any losing, Slim would have been bored to death.

Amarillo Slim passed away last month at the age of 83, in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. “The population in Amarillo has stayed the same over the last fifty years,” Slim once explained. “Every time some woman gets pregnant, some man leaves town.” RIP.

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