I had the priviledge to play poker with him twice. Regardless of what some people said or thought, he was a true gentleman, and my poker hero (He was and is the ONLY person, that, I was STILL happy to be sitting next to, even after he got my chips!). He is responsible for bringing poker out of the shady backrooms to the glittering cardrooms of today. Anyone who hasn't bought and read his books, is REALLY missing out on stories that will make you laugh, think, and, realize what an incredible life he lived. Thank You Amarillo Slim for bringing respect to the game we love so much, helping people realize that poker is not "gambling", and for going on the "Tonight Show" and other media to promote the game the way you did! We will continue your fight to get poker legalized in Texas! Our family's prayers and condolences go to the entire Preston family.