06/05/2012

Amarillo Slim: the Man in the Giant Hat

Vicky Coren


Amarillo Slim

Vicky Coren wrote a column about poker legend Amarillo Slim.

He was six foot three, but taller in his high-heeled boots and 10-gallon hat. The hat was wrapped in the skin of a rattle-snake that he claimed to have killed himself. He'd been gambling in dusty American states since the 1940s. He once rode a camel through a casino for a bet. He was the world's first famous poker player. I wanted him to be perfect. And he just wasn't.

Continue reading on the Guardian website.