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Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker Paperback – May 18, 2011
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Strippers, killers, cheats, drug fiends, and idiots rub shoulders from page to page with the honest working class, dreamers, family men, the quasi-religious, and the invisible. --Brendan Murray
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About the Author
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McGuire covered the World Series of Poker and numerous other major poker tournaments for Tao of Poker, Fox Sports, MSN, High Roller Magazine, Bluff Magazine, Poker Player Newspaper, LasVegasVegas.com, Vegas Seven, Poker Stars Blog, and PokerNews. His poker travels have taken him to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Connecticut, Spain, Denmark, Monte Carlo, Australia, New Zealand, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, Mexico, the Bahamas, Argentina, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Peru and the UK.
McGuire has also written for the UK Racing Post, Sportsbetting News, the OnGame Zone, the Borgata Casino, Las Vegas Business and Politics, Poker Pro Europe, PokerNews Magazine, Online Poker Pro, Poker From the Rail,Rise Poker, Wicked Chops Insider, Coventry Music, and Tao of Fear,
Top Customer Reviews
But like all cities, there is the belly of the beast. The things that happen off the strip. The people that walk the sewers and scrounge the alleys, devising schemes to take your money. No one in Vegas wants to talk about the dark side. Until now.
Paul has a unique style of describing what is 'behind the curtain'. He doesn't pull punches and calls it like he sees it, painting a vivid picture in your mind that makes you feel like you are there. Best of all, it is real. Nothing in this book is made up. Paul doesn't need to when the dark side does the job itself.
From the Redneck Riviera to the World Series of Poker, each tale told is more magnificent than the one before it. Lost Vegas is a book that once you start, you won't put down.
After I wrote the preceding paragraph, it occurred to me that this book was published in 2011, just before poker's "Black Friday" when the Justice Department closed down American online poker (which, of course, meant that poker bloggers not only had less of an audience but also much less funding from the sites). So, wondering what had happened to McGuire since then, I went to his Tao of Poker site and discovered it ceased in 2012 with a striking mea culpa, in which he says such things as:
I was a peddler of broken dreams -- a postmodern Pusherman -- shoving online poker down the throats of whomever wandered into this corner of the web. ... For almost a decade, I easily distracted the masses from the maelstrom of evil that has engulfed the world by churning out misogynist rhetoric about the glamorous rockstar lifestyle of a professional poker player.
Of course, reform is always relative, since I also see that he then started a new website called The Tao of Paulie, which featured a podcast called "Dope Stories." But as of about a month ago he ended that due to lack of funding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its a repeat of whale hunting in the desert only with poker. maybe a less glamerous overviewPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is more a chronicle of drug use than commentary on Las Vegas. I purchased this not familiar with the author's blog and without any research, so I suppose it is my fault for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by CBK
Ok, read. Lot of drug/addiction stuff and there wasn't that much depth on the poker. Writer seemed full of himself at times in both story and writing.Published 20 months ago by Kendra Stallings
Book was very good. Found myself carrying it everywhere with me for a two-day period. If we needed to go get milk at the store, I would read two or three pages on the five minute... Read morePublished 21 months ago by John R Lysowski
Having journeyed to the WSOP every year since the Moneymaker boom started it all, this book provides a lurid behind the scenes view of the game, the town and the people behind it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Blakely F. Bundy
Thought I was getting into a Poker memoir but turns out it's just this website blogger's experiences covering the WSOP over a span of 5-7 years or so. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sean J Twyford
The author turns some neat gonzo journalism phrases, I'll give him that, but fails to measure up to the original "Uncle Duke". Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Dan