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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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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.