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Born Thomas Austin Preston Jr., the colorful and quotable Amarillo Slim won the World Series of Poker in 1972 and began promoting the game on TV and in books. He brought the game 'out of the back alleys,' one expert said.

Jim Murray's 1980 column on Slim:
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RIP Amarillo Slim. Amarillo means yellow in Spanish.
Mr. Chiddix, the article in question is in the obituaries section of the L.A. Times. A perfectly appropriate article for that section.
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