Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People
The autobiography of Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston
Do you dare make a bet with Amarillo Slim? You play his game with one condition for him. From Ping-Pong to golf or baskets in the gym Do you dare make a bet with Amarillo Slim?-John Lutz Ritter, singer-songwriter of “Do You Dare Make a Bet with Amarillo Slim?”
The 1972 World Series of Poker champion, Amarillo Slim is known for both his poker skills and his proposition bets. While he started out by hustling pool as a teenager, he soon became known as being willing to bet on almost anything, provided you would agree to his conditions; he would eventually travel the world in search of action.
Some of his props (proposition bets) included ping-pong against champion players using his choice of rackets (he showed up with skillets, then, next time someone challenged him, they used empty coke bottles), free throws against a famous basketball coach (he showed up with a football), and whether his chauffeur could bowl over 70 blindfolded (the “chauffeur” was a blind man).
Overall, the book is a fascinating look into the life of an exceedingly colorful character; while poker fans will be familiar with many of the people involved, anyone who enjoys a good adventure story should enjoy this book. I’m usually reading several books at a time and so it takes me a while to get through them, but this one I couldn’t put down. Highly recommended.