Amarillo Slim was not only a local poker legend, but a gambling legend. Since the day he won a $60,000 jackpot in the 1972 World Series Of Poker, he has been a household name to those who follow poker.

The gambling icon passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday morning. He is remembered as a true cowboy by those who knew him best.

“He was a cowboy at heart,” said Bunky Preston, his eldest son. “He used poker to make money, but he enjoyed chasing cows.”

He had been in hospice since April 18th and had accepted the fact that faced him. His family complimented the hospice staff saying that “Those angels in hospice were just amazing.”

He was inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame in 1992.