Adult entertainment magnate Larry Flynt has passed away at the age of 78, reportedly from heart failure. Flynt is best known as the founder of Hustler, a pornographic magazine he started in 1974, and owner of the Hustler Casino in Los Angeles.
Flynt’s career in the adult entertainment industry began with his opening of several strip clubs in Ohio in the early ’70s, which he called Hustler Clubs. When revenues from the clubs declined, he decided to pivot into publishing with Hustler magazine. The pornographic content in the magazine was often more explicit than other offerings at the time, which drew both publicity and controversy. As a result, Flynt was often credited as a champion of First Amendment rights.
The creation of his publishing empire and the resulting legal issues were chronicled in the 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt, starring Woody Harrelson as Flynt.
The former Presidential candidate was shot in 1978 outside of the Gwinnett County Courthouse in Georgia during one of his legal battles, and was left partially paralyzed due to spinal cord damage.
In 2000 Flynt opened the Hustler Casino in Gardena, just outside of Los Angeles. Flynt was an avid poker player for much of his life, having learned the game when he was “ten or eleven.” In the late ’90s he started a high-stakes seven-card stud game at his home, which was later moved to his casino.
Over the years poker legends like Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein, Chip Reese, Doyle Brunson, Ted Forrest, John Hennigan, and many others have taken part in this massive game were the stakes played were as high as $4,000–$8,000 with a minimum $200,000 buy-in. In 2008, Card Player was granted behind-the-scenes access to the game and filmed a video that included an interview with Flynt.
“I could never play a slot machine or $10 blackjack,” said Flynt in regards to why he likes to play so high. “You got to have that rush. You’ve got to be playing for something that’s important. I think that a thing that’s given me an edge is that I’m fortunate to have money, so if I lose $200,000 or $300,000 in a night and it wouldn’t mean anything to me.”
Although he was banned from the summer series for some time by Jack Binion, Flynt had one World Series of Poker cash on his tournament resume, finishing eighth in the 2000 $5,000 stud event.
Check out the video interview with Flynt about his high stakes stud game below: