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"Spider-Man" Star Sued for Poker Winnings

Actor Tobey Maguire, star of the “Spider-Man” movies, faces a lawsuit filed by a bankruptcy trustee over his winnings at an underground high-stakes poker game. The suit claims that Maguire won US$311,000 from Bradley Ruderman, a former investment banker now serving 10 years in prison for his part in an illegal Ponzi scheme.


The bankruptcy trustee in the Ruderman case is seeking to get money back from the investors bilked in the pyramid scheme. The suit claims that Maguire’s winnings, along with those of some other participants in the game, are part of the US$4 million the bankruptcy court is attempting to recoup for swindled investors.


The suit alleges that the games were played at both private homes and in posh hotels, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Four Seasons. The game featured a roster of movie stars, such as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio, along with directors, producers and several professional poker players.


According to reports, the participants played no-limit Texas Holdem with a buy-in of at least US$100,000.  The suit claims that Ruderman transferred funds from his Ponzi schemes to the pay the gambling debts he owed to other players, including Maguire. 


Since the games were not held in one of California’s licensed cardrooms, the organizers could face criminal charges. Although Maguire and the others named in the suit are not under any criminal investigation yet, the amount of money won and lost at the games could draw the attention of the US Internal Revenue Service.

23-Jun-2011, 11:39

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