Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker by Paul ‘Dr. Pauly’ McGuire


Posted in Lost Vegas by Pauly on April 2, 2009

“I don’t fault the few people who think Pauly fictionalizes his life. If I hadn’t seen a lot of it, I’d call shenanigans, too. However, as an occasional character in his misadventures, I can point to my mild liver damage and need for serious therapy as proof Pauly writes the truth. It’s not always pretty, it’s often disturbing, and it’s bound to leave you slightly scarred, but it’s real. He also tosses a mean lime.” Brad ‘Otis’ Willis, Rapid Eye Reality

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“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. Some in poker will want to hide when Lost Vegas comes out, some will crave the attention, but everyone will read it as soon as they can get their hands on it.” – John Caldwell, Editor in Chief of PokerNews.com

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“If you don’t know what ‘WAKE UP AND RAGE!’ means… well, you will after reading this book.”The Joker, Coventry Music

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“I’ve spent a lot of time in Las Vegas and a lot of that time late at night in some casino or bar. I’ve seen my share of the seedy underbelly of Sin City. As a psychologist I sometimes even write about what I observe; from a professional distance, of course! Dr. Pauly on the other hand swims in the muck, talks to the animals and spins tales that only the deeply involved can experience. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction in Pauly’s Lost Vegas.”Dr. Tim Lavalli, author of Check-Raising the Devil

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“Paul McGuire is one my all-time favorite stylist American writers for fiction, non-fiction, and his comic, travel misadventures. He is a mix of O’Henry, Jack Kerouac, and Charles Bukowski. Lost Vegas is a metaphor for the watershed cultural, economic, social, and ethical changes we face in these times of scary uncertainty. Hooray for Paul McGuire’s thought-provoking comedy. It will leave you wanting to read more and more.” – Johnny Hughes, author of Texas Poker Wisdom

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“The REAL World Series of Poker isn’t what you see in one hour snippets on ESPN. It’s the behind-the-scenes action and debauchery, the drunkenness, the dreams, and all the shit in between. Nobody has immersed himself in the sin of Las Vegas during the WSOP more than Dr. Pauly. His ability to personalize and tell the tales of this insanity is a unique gift and makes Lost Vegas an absolute must read. Unfortunately we don’t read books. However, we’ve already got it in our Netflix cue when ‘they’ inevitably make it into a movie.”Wicked Chops Poker

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Lost Vegas will be based on much of what we’ve been reading over the years on Tao of Poker, though I personally know the book is what Pauly’s been saving his best, so-far untold stuff for… so I’m confident every poker-industry douche insider will be eager to read what he’s been holding back.”Dan Michalski, Pokerati.com

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“There will be stories that will make you laugh and some that will shock you. But, all of them will entertain you. Lost Vegas is sure to become the next great book about America’s adult playground.”AlCantHang

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“Pauly not only gives us his unique take on the bright lights and fast money of the Vegas we all know, but 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

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“Fans of both poker and degeneracy HAVE to read this book. Pauly’s life is a fantasy camp. People should PAY to live as Pauly.” – Iggy, Guinness and Poker

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“Au menu : des putes, des drogués, des strip-teaseuses, des joueurs dégénérés, et encore bien d’autres accros de toute sorte, dans une ville entièrement fondée sur l’addiction.”Benjamin ‘Benjo’ Gallen, noted French journalist


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  1. Daddy said, on April 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Will this be offered in video book? I only ask because I’m both illiterate and deaf.

    For Christmas ’03 my uncle got me the DVD of Finnegan’s Wake being signed by world reknowned hand linguist, Edward S. Klima, and I watch segments of it every evening before bed.

    Also, have you ever received a handjob from someone fluent in sign language? Fucking amazing.

  2. Hammer said, on April 9, 2009 at 7:22 am

    As a long-time reader of your Vegas misadventures, can’t wait to read the book. Good luck

  3. Table_Max said, on April 9, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Been waiting for this for years. Rock on Doc.

  4. April said, on April 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I know that this is going to be an amazing book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  5. bcd said, on April 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm


    hurry up Fall ’09!

  6. donkeypuncher said, on April 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Looking forward to reading this, sir!

  7. Jen said, on April 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I’m so excited about the book…and excited for you. You’re inspiring me, Pauly! Good luck with everything, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  8. BadBlood said, on April 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I will read this faster than I read The Blind Kangaroo.

  9. Schaubs said, on April 9, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    This could be the only book I read this year…

  10. Bam-Bam said, on April 14, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I know you have no reason to read my drivle and todays no different, but here is how I felt about the news of this finally coming to fruition.

    “Writing in his low-key and factual prose style, Dr. Pauly continues to show us a side of our behaviour that can only be called, our ‘real’ humanity. With some gently cynical styling, he takes us equally to the contempt and admiration sides of our very nature, and just about everywhere in between. This will be our must read of 2009.”

  11. WendoverPoker Dealer said, on May 2, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Dude, seriously….. That guess her muff site you sent us all to is amazing. Cant wait for the book.

  12. Kipper said, on August 11, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I hope it comes in brail!

  13. TinMan said, on December 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Can’t wait…..There will be a Kindle Version won’t there?

  14. Sean said, on December 22, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    When this drops, contact me. I write for several indie lit arenas, and also have some ad ideas you might want to get on, to get the word out.

  15. Monro Secor said, on February 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    i’m a huge fan of tao of poker and tao of pauly. can’t wait to read Lost Vegas by one of my favorite scribes..

  16. Chilly said, on April 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Can I pre-order this thing already or what?

  17. Hagen said, on April 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    What Chily said

  18. TinMan said, on June 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Has the release been delayed? If so, what is the new one?

  19. grace said, on June 29, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Wheee! It’s on its way!

  20. Oscar Zeta Acosta said, on June 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Long time reader of tao, placed my order with Lulu this morning.

    thanks for doing what you do…keep the faith through the grind this summer.


  21. Trisha Lynn said, on July 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Just purchased, and can’t wait to get it.

  22. Mike G said, on July 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Have been waiting for this ever since first getting into Tao of Poker via Lord Admiral podcast (RIP). Glad you finally got it done. GL Pauly.

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