Tobey Maguire apparently isn't the wholesome person his school boy looks would lead you to believe. The Spider-Man star, along with half a dozen Hollywood A-listers, is being taken down in a lawsuit connected to a multi-million dollar gambling ring that ran underground poker games. Badass!
Tobey took $311,300 in a game with a Beverly Hills hedge fund manager. Unable to pay up, said finance guy, Brad Ruderman, embezzled investor funds and orchestrated a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme to pay off his debt to the celeb. The suit alleges he lost $25 million of investor money in the clandestine poker games.
These types of happenings weren't a one time deal, but were held two times a week in suites at the Beverly Hills hotel, Four Seasons, and the Viper Room from 2006-2009. The door was so strict it was guarded by armed men in bullet proof vests.
Along with Tobey, other hardcore thrill-seekers include The Notebook director Nick Cassavetes; and unlikely gambler and Welcome Back, Kotter star Gabe Kaplan. Less shocking members were Rick Salomon, who celebrity porn watchers may recognize from the classic One Night In Paris with Ms. Hilton; record label owner Cody Leibel and Las Vegas nightlife entrepreneur Andrew Sasson, among others, reports Radar.
I never really saw it before, but let's face it.: Tobey Maguire is macho-personified. This bro will fuck you up. There's evil, with a tinge of gambling addiction, in those eyes.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are also known to have engaged in no-limit Texas Hold 'em games with buy-ins of $100,000, but are not included in the suit. A source says that:
"Matt never won,’’
"In truth, Leo is a tight ass. When he lost $50,000 the look in his eyes was obvious he was crazy."
For those wondering whether Tobey ever got his money, the answer is no. He is "not entitled to receive the transfers from the Debtor, which transfers were compromised of improperly-diverted investor funds." However, he won as much as $1 million a month over a period of three years, one source told Star, so coupled with funds from his actual job as an actor pulling in millions per film he should be fine. Seabiscuit 2 hasn't been announced, so he's probably not broke or struggling to pay off gambling debts.
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