Ready for another book about life around the poker table? Too bad, because it’s already written. Paul “Dr. Pauly” McGuire’s new work, Lost Vegas, is available for order on his website, taopoker.blogspot.com. If you’re not a poker fan, don’t be dissuaded—McGuire’s book is about more than cards, as the subtitle makes clear: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations With Strippers, and the World Series of Poker.
McGuire landed in Las Vegas in 2005 when he was recruited from New York to write about the World Series of Poker by the website LasVegasVegas.com. Up until that point, he was a small-time poker player, frequenting underground card rooms in Manhattan and trying to make a living.
Like so many before him, he landed in a flophouse motel somewhere near the Strip and started trying to claw his way up. For McGuire that meant writing about poker, which is still how he butters his bread.
But the book gave him the freedom to write about things beyond the card table. “You really can’t say some of the things you want to say [on the poker blog],” he says. “This is a personal search, and an answer to some questions.”
These days he lives in Los Angeles and tours the world writing about poker, travel and life. But he’s spent enough time here to learn a few things.
“[Las Vegas] is a great place to visit,” he says, “but it’s really difficult to live here as a local.”