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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu; 1st edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557500079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557500079
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pauly gives us his unique take on the bright lights and fast money of the Vegas we all know, as he illuminates the dark corners we don't, or don't want to, see with his driving prose, original voice and impeccable eye for detail. --Joe Speaker

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

Pauly has the chameleon-like ability to be the fly on the wall, or the eye of the hurricane when it comes to the crazy stuff that goes on in the poker world. --John Caldwell

About the Author

Paul 'Dr. Pauly' McGuire is a writer originally from New York City. He has lived in Las Vegas, NV on and off since 2005. He covered the World Series of Poker and numerous other major poker tournaments for Tao of Poker, LasVegasVegas.com, Bluff Magazine, Poker Player Newspaper, Fox Sports, Poker News, and Poker Stars Blog. 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, and the UK.

More About the Author

Paul 'Dr. Pauly' McGuire is a writer originally from New York City. He has lived in Las Vegas, NV on and off since 2005, yet currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

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,

Customer Reviews

Thought it was an excellent book on Las Vegas and the world of professional poker.
Big Pauly
As someone that has read Pauly's blogs for some time now, I anxiously awaited the release of this book on Kindle format and I was not disappointed.
Cecdc7731
Pauly is the Dean of Poker writers, especially where comedy and personal exploits are concerned.
Johnny Hughes

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Max922 on June 6, 2011
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Yeah I read the title--I truly did. I knew it was going to be about poker somewhat--but it's about poker a lot, and if that's your thing, you will love it. It's a funny story, and I love LV so I liked reading about the city, but really it's centered heavily on poker--just FYI.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Maehl on November 26, 2010
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Las Vegas. The glitz and glamour as bright as the lights on the Strip. An adult's playground where lady luck may smile on you and give you a jackpot on the slot machine or a run of good luck at the blackjack tables. Where food is king and fun runs abundant.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Forehand on November 26, 2010
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Super-addictive, gut-wrenchingly funny and even - yes - touching, Pauly's adventures to the dark side of big-time tournament poker and Las Vegas is a must-read for poker players, gamblers, and all degenerates in general. A long-time coming, Lost Vegas joins the ranks of "Biggest Game In Town", "Big Deal", and "Positively Fifth Street" in the pantheon of great non-instructional poker literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yale Bloor on December 28, 2010
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A great book probably/hopefully will not be his best or last because if you've ever visited Paulie's Web site Tao of Poker you know there is a good chance Mr. Paulie will grace us with a masterpiece someday. The guy has the chops to deliver the goods. Amid the poker reporting there are glimpse's of sheer brilliance, we can only hope between wandering around casinos and stalking Phish Mr Paulie is hard at work with his next opus....get busy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lushington on December 26, 2010
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Like most, I found "Lost Vegas" through Pauly's Tao of Poker blog (which can't be recommended highly enough). It's a tome that describes temptations (be they of the flesh, of the pharmaceutical or the felt). But there are many books like that... folks, this one is different... "Lost Vegas" doesn't glamorize the poker world and the many broke "TV superstars" within, but it certainly doesn't demonize it like so many cautionary tales. Pauly simply relates the facts from within. He has seen the highest level of poker supremacy while also witnessing the lowest level of gambling degeneracy. He's seen and lived through the many powerful pills (among other chemical options) that one can find in Sin City. McGuire gives an honest (while often depressing) account of the gentleman's clubs as he experienced them through him and his friends. But there are a glutton of books about the gambling lifestyle out there... "Lost Vegas" will most appeal to those of us who get pushed to our limits every day and may or may not live to tell the tale after the fact. The average Joe who spends one weekend per year in Vegas and sets aside a bankroll, has wife in tow, while avoiding the shadier side of the town won't relate as well to the book as those of us who can't understand moderation and for whom life is a day to day adventure to be maximized or else. It's cliche to compare "Lost Vegas" to Hunter S. Thompson's works, but McGuire actually LIVES this lifestyle and gives a hilarious and honest portrayal of how the house always wins in the end, yet we all keep coming back for more.
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As I read McGuire's Lost Vegas, I found myself getting increasingly tired of (and at times irritated by) the author's persona and writing style. This isn't so much about poker as it is about the life of a professional poker blogger describing his 5-year career in Vegas (and elsewhere), his rise to success, and (most of all) his Hunter Thompson-like indulgence in drugs, alcohol, and strip clubs. He's 33, but he writes with the sensibility of a testosterone-fueled, and not very mature, 23-year-old. Some good historical anecdotes get recycled but if you've followed the poker scene they're familiar. To this he contributes some new anecdotes about Helmuth and others, which if unfamiliar in particular are also unsurprising in being more of the same (about Ivy, Helmuth, Matusow, etc).

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.
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