Modern Living: Slim's Good Life

Women with money to lose seek him out; he looks like a cross between Hud and Nathan Detroit. Wealthy businessmen challenge him, knowing that they will lose; it is something of a distinction to be skinned by one of the world's best poker players. Last week Thomas Austin Preston Jr., 44, better known as Amarillo Slim because of his home town and his build (6 ft. 2 in., 165 lbs.), had no time for the sheep.

He was in Las Vegas doing what he likes best—playing against other professionals in an event that the promoters...

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