Larry Flynt, the owner of two Los Angeles poker rooms, a nudie mag, and Las Vegas strip clubs, passed away on Wednesday at age 78. The founder of “Hustler” magazine’s exact cause of death was not disclosed publicly. He passed away at his Hollywood Hills home in Southern California.

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Larry Flynt led quite a controversial life, but always stood behind his beliefs. (Image: New York Post)

Flynt is most known around the world as a free speech loving porn peddler who survived a murder attempt in 1978, but was paralyzed from the neck down for life. He was shot in Lawrenceville, Georgia as he walked down the street with his lawyer following a court case.

The incident not only left him partially paralyzed, he suffered excruciating pain for the rest of his life. That caused to become addicted to painkillers. Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist, admitted to the shooting years later. His issue, he claims, was Flynt displaying an interracial couple in “Hustler,” an adult magazine.

Despite his disability caused by the shooting, Larry Flynt went on to have big-time success in the adult entertainment industry. He began opening strip clubs, along with his magazine, in the 1970s throughout Ohio. He also slapped his name on the Larry Flynt Hustler Club in Las Vegas, perhaps his most famous strip club.

Larry Flynt Had a Place in Poker

But in the poker world, he’s just as well known for operating two Los Angeles card rooms — Hustler Casino and Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino. The poker rooms have more than 70 card tables combined and have become staples in Southern California since 2000.

A woman whose mother is a former poker dealer for the entrepreneur tweeted about his death.

“Larry Flint died. That might mean nothing to any of you, but my mom works as a Poker Dealer at the Hustler Casino (owned by Larry Flint). One time he flew her out to Vegas and when she landed- strippers welcomed her off the private plane. soooo RIP Larry Flint? lol,” Twitter user @chellietbby wrote.

Hustler Casino reopened earlier this month after being forced to close two months earlier due to COVID-19. The poker room is among one of the top places to play west of Las Vegas.

Flynt was the Norman Chad of the adult industry. He was married five times, his first to Mary Flynt in 1965. The card room operator was born in Kentucky in 1942, and passed away Wednesday in California. He is survived by four living children.

Jon Sofen

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Jon Sofen

Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

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