News: Larry Flynt passes away

The infamous Hustler Magazine founder and prominent poker figure passed away yesterday aged 78.

Larry Flynt

Yesterday the controversial founder of adult magazine Hustler, Larry Flynt, passed away from heart failure.  

Although best known for his work in the pornography industry as well as a free speech advocate, Flynt was also a very significant figure in poker. 

He had been playing Seven Card Stud since the 1970s against players like Chip Reese, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, Ted Forrest, Stu Unger and Doyle Brunson. 

In fact he was the host of the biggest Seven Card Stud game ever played at the Hustler Casino. It had blinds of $2,000/$4,000 with a $1,000 ante and a minimum buy-in of $200,000. This was not only the biggest Stud game ever but one of the biggest and longest running high stakes games in all of poker. 

He was almost famously banned from the World Series of Poker in 1988. Flynt bet on himself to win the Main Event and paid players to chip dump to him. Jack Binion found out and he was banned for life (though that ban was overturned later).

Flynt was immortalised in the movie The People vs Larry Flynt where he was played by Woody Harrelson, though poker did not figure in the movie. 

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