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A Poker Life -- Matt Salsberg

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Dec 01, 2012

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Four years ago, Matt Salsberg, executive producer and writer for the hit series Weeds on Showtime, wrote a seemingly innocent line of dialogue for guest star Albert Brooks, who played main character Nancy Botwin’s estranged and degenerate father in law, Lenny Botwin. “Where are you going,” asked Shane, Nancy’s youngest son. “Paris,” said Lenny. “If I can get to the Aviation Club by tomorrow night, there’s a super satellite for the World Poker Tour.” In September, Salsberg, a 41-year-old part-time poker player, incredibly managed to make his words a reality, by winning the exact tournament he had written about back in 2008. These days, Salsberg splits his time between two professions. At night, he plays cards. During the day, he writes for a major Hollywood studio. Here’s a glimpse into his life and a look at how he plans to combine his two loves. Finding A Direction Salsberg grew up ...


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