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To watch a video clip of Amarillo Slim with Chris Wallace, click here.

To listen to the song Do You Dare Make a Bet with Amarillo Slim?
click here

Venture Literary, a literary management company cofounded by Greg Dinkin and Frank Scatoni, sold the North American book rights to HarperCollins and the UK book rights to Random House. They are also working on producing a film based on Slim’s life.

Greg’s first book, The Finance Doctor, was published in 2000. His second book, The Poker MBA: Winning in Business No Matter What Cards You’re Dealt was published by Random House’s Crown Business imprint in 2002. In this creative look at how poker principles translate into business success, fascinating concepts such as how to read a person’s “poker face” and identify his “tells” will show you how to become a better negotiator, manager, entrepreneur, and risk-taker.

To purchase The Finance Doctor visit  In Association with Amazon.com.

To learn more about The Poker MBA and to purchase it visit www.thepokermba.com.




“Slim and coauthor Dinkin provide a stacked deck of amusing anecdotes guaranteed to bring a smile to the toughest poker face. As readers follow Slim from his school days in Arkansas and Texas all the way up to a near-fatal fall he took in the Idaho backcountry last year at age 74, they’ll pick up a gambling education as well, learning how to hustle the suckers by guessing which sugar cube a fly will land on, or by hitting a golf ball a mile.”
“Amarillo Slim Preston has been called the greatest gambler who ever lived. He’s won bets not only in pool halls and poker games, but golf courses, rivers and jail cells. But Preston, who first rose to national prominence when he won the World Series of Poker in 1972, insists that he’s not a compulsive gambler. He’s a professional.”
-Scott Simon, NPR
“Amarillo Slim’s memoir was sensational. It was better than fiction because it reads like fiction.”
-Skip Bayless, San Jose Mercury News
“And imagine this: Amarillo Slim beating Minnesota Fats in a game of pool, using a broomstick as a cue stick. But the thing I admired most about him: he has never worked a day in his life.”
-Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Reviewers of a new memoir could clean up with a bet that “Amarillo Slim in a World of Fat People” contains more great quotes than any other book published this year.”
-Mary Kate Tripp, Amarillo Globe-News
“When…Slim tells you he can win the World Series of Poker championship event one last time, you might want to start making out the $1.5 million first-place check.”
–Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated
“Poker’s only household name since ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok.”
–Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal
“If poker is truly America’s game, then Amarillo Slim is the last bit of living American history there is. Part Wild West sheriff, part hustler, Slim is one of a kind.”
–Andy Bellin, author of Poker Nation
“Slim is a fascinating character who epitomizes the Damon Runyonesque world of gambling. He’s the biggest legend gambling has ever known.
–Howard Schwartz, Gambler’s Book Shop
“He will always remain for me one of the most unforgettable characters it has been my pleasure to interview…I put him up there on a pedestal with Muhammad Ali.”
–Raymond Smith, author of The Poker Kings of Las Vegas
“With his talent for finding the sweet spot in the action and his patented down-home charm, Amarillo Slim has become the hustler hero of his own Las Vegas legend.”
–Katy Lederer, author of Poker Face
“No one alive knows poker and gambling like Slim does, and his way with words has the wicked twang of a vintage Telecaster. At 6’9″ in his custom-stitched boots and diamondback hat, he embodies the game, No-Limit Texas Hold’em, that settles poker’s world championship each spring at Binion’s Horseshoe. The hair-raising memoir that he and Greg Dinkin have fashioned is as much fun to read as it is historically necessary.”
–Jim McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street