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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Armed Thugs Rob Amarillo Slim

BY TOM SOMACH

World-famous champion poker player “Amarillo Slim” was uninjured Sunday night when two armed robbers who broke into his Texas home tied him up and robbed him, according to media reports out of Texas.

The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Sunday at the Amarillo residence of Thomas Austin “Amarillo Slim” Preston Jr., 78.

According to the reports, “Amarillo Slim” came home unexpectedly Sunday night and interrupted a burglary in progress.

Two men who had earlier broken into the residence to loot it then brandished shotguns at the poker pro, tied him up and took all his money.

The thieves then took the guns, which belonged to “Amarillo Slim,” and fled without injuring the poker star, the reports stated.

Police did not reveal how much money was stolen and what, if anything else, was taken in the incident.

Amazingly, this was the second time in recent weeks that armed crooks went after “Amarillo Slim.”

According to Texas media reports, last October, while “Amarillo Slim” was driving his car along an Amarillo street, another car cut him off and forced him to a halt.

A man with a gun then got out of the other car, approached the poker champ’s car, pointed the gun at “Amarillo Slim” and demanded his money.

The poker star refused, then put his car in reverse to drive away.

As “Amarillo Slim” fled in his vehicle, the gunman fired three shots at the car, with two bullets hitting the driver’s side door.

“Amarillo Slim,” however, was uninjured in the robbery attempt.

The Lone Star State septugenarian poker pro is not the first big-name poker star to be victimized by a robbery attempt.

In 2004, World Series of Poker champion Greg “Fossilman” Raymer was ambushed outside his hotel room at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas by two men who attempted to rob him of the $150,000 in cash he was carrying.

Although one of the would-be robbers was armed with a gun, the 330-pound Raymer, then 40 years old, fought off the duo and thwarted the robbery attempt.

Another seventy-something poker pro from Texas, Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, recently told a television interviewer that in his younger days he was held up and robbed by armed bandits on multiple occasions after winning big at illegal poker games.

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