Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is a journalist based in New York City. He has written extensively on gambling for publications such as Wired, Playboy, Cigar Aficionado, New York Post and New York Times. He is the author of four books including Aces and Kings: Inside Stories and Million-Dollar Strategies from Poker’s Greatest Players.

He’s been known to do a bit of gambling when the timing seems right.

The Legend of Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt was hilarious. The recently deceased publisher of Hustler magazine was an avid gambler, who, despite being paralyzed as the result of an assassination attempt in 1978, retained a perfectly dry sense of humor. The first time I interviewed Flynt, back in the late 1990s, I asked him why he had such an affinity for poker and blackjack. In his froggy voice, speaking to me from a perch on his motorized gold-plated wheelchair, he replied, “Well, I’m not going to take up water skiing, am I?”

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Michael Kaplan
March 22, 2021

High Wire Gambler: The Story of Robert Gorodetsky

Robert Gorodetsky had all the trappings of a young, splashy, super-successful professional gambler. He wore ridiculously expensive Louis Vuitton hoodies, dated a former Miss Utah, traipsed around Las Vegas in limited edition sneakers and even sported a $47,000Hublot wristwatch, not unlike the pricy timepiece given away to a World Poker Tour tournament winner in 2014.

By
Michael Kaplan
February 23, 2021