Amarillo Slim

Amarillo Slim  The world of poker has produced many legends in history, but one of the most intriguing is arguably Amarillo Slim. Amarillo Slim was born in December 1928, and until 2012 when he sadly passed on was a major name in the poker industry. He was a professional gambling expert, though it was his ability to land poker wins that made him one of the most famous names in the entire industry. He is a Poker Hall of Fame inductee, arriving in 1992, having won the 1972 World Series of Poker Main Event.

A colourful and bashful character, he started out as a major lover of the Texas Hold ‘em style of cards, and played a role alongside names like Doyle Brunson and Sailor Roberts to bring the card game to the Las Vegas scene. So, if you have ever won big at Texas Hold ‘em in Vegas, you know who to thank!

Slim was a very successful gambler, but the one thing that might make him less famous today is the era he played in. Given that his lifetime tournament earnings reached around $587,000, many modern players might be shocked at the relatively low total. Remember, though, that Slim played mostly in an era where half-a-million was still a lot of money.

While he might not have played in the era where people win millions, Slim was a massive part of the modern growth of the poker industry. Indeed, he was also the host of the 1980 Second Annual Poker Classic, a major event that was a massive part of the industry until 1991.

In his career, Slim won four WSOP bracelets, winning in 1972, 1974, 1985, and 1990. He was also a successful author, including his popular eBook collection and his wonderful, engaging 2003 autobiography. RIP, Slim!

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth  As one of the most prolific poker players of all-time, Wisconsin-born Phil Hellmuth is certainly an intriguing fella. The poker legend has won a whopping 15 bracelets at Word Series of Poker events. He’s also won some other major tournaments in his time, and his prolific title winning has seen him inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame by WSOP.

Ranked 21st in the all-time money list, Hellmuth is the only person in history to say he has a whopping 15 bracelets from WSOP events. With over $23m in the bank from poker winnings, he’s become one of the most prolific entrants in the WSOP history. While he has never won a tournament at the World Poker Tour, his uncontested 15 bracelets gives him a unique record that is unlikely to ever be topped.

He is also known for being somewhat tardy, often taking his seat at poker tables long after the action has started. Despite that, he’s managed to win titles from his 1989 maiden win all the way to his most recent win, which arrived in 2018 when he won the $5k No Limit Hold’em vent.

While some find his more abrasive ‘poker brat’ style a little off-putting, few could ever doubt the quality that Hellmuth possesses with cards in his hand. Some find that he can be a touch explosive, with his famous walkout on Poker After Dark causing controversy with a lot of the other professionals on the circuit.

And though he might be somewhat hard to get on with when playing, few would say that Hellmuth is anything other than charming when cards aren’t being dealt. Just like many top winners, though, Hellmuth has been known to let his competitive side take over when the stakes get high. Given his success, though, it would be fair to say that Hellmuth is almost always in control.