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Tobey Maguire caught in tangled legal web over poker winnings

Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker

Thanks to a lawsuit, we may finally get to the bottom of how Peter Parker juggled rent, Aunt May’s medical bills and web fluid. Spoiler: It’s not from freelancing for the Daily Bugle.

Radar Online and Star magazine report that Tobey Maguire, who starred in director Sam Raimi’s three Spider-Man films, is being sued for$311,000 he allegedly won in poker from now-imprisoned hedge fund manager Brad Ruderman. It seems the Ponzi-schemer was gambling (rather poorly) with his investors’ money — $5.2 million out of the $25 million he embezzled — in a series of high-stakes poker games held twice weekly from 2006 to 2009 in Beverly Hills. Now those investors want it back.

The no-limit games of Texas Hold ‘em, with their $100,000 buy-in, are alleged to have attracted such celebrities as Leonardo DiCarpio, Ben Affleck (Matt Murdock!) and Matt Damon. They’re also not legal which, according to the lawsuit, means Maguire and others aren’t entitled to the money they won from Ruderman. While DiCaprio, Affleck and Damon aren’t being sued, several others are, including director Nick Cassavetes, Welcome Back, Kotter star Gabe Kaplan and billionaire businessman Alex Gores.

According to Star, Maguire was a “very, very frequent player” whoraked in as much as $1 million a month from the games, and won $110,000 from Ruderman in a single hand. While underground poker clubs are illegal in California, the crime is rarely prosecuted.

Ruderman, former CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners, was convicted on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of investment adviser fraud. He’s serving a 10-year prison sentence in Texas, and is due for release in 2018.



Randall Kirby

June 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

You say the games aren’t legal, but according to NPR, they are legal in California.

Guy’s an idiot.
Suing for something he can’t get back?
If they’re truly illegal (and it looks like they’re not), then the State can step-in and claim the winnings before idiot investment scammer sees a penny.

Ridiculous. He lost the money, now it’s Maguire’s. Do these clowns plan to sue every Denny’s, Arco, and 7-11 where Ruderman spent some of his ill-gotten money, too? Sorry, but if Maguire got the money in a 100% legal transaction, with Ruderman, it’s his, end of story.

Since when did Robot 6 become a celebrity gossip site? Hopefully these kinds of stories won’t become the norm.

Kid Show Business

June 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

For some reason I have no trouble believe that Tobey Maguire excels at a game dependent on your face showing no emotion.

The money isn’t going to go to Ruderman. He is trying to get money to pay back the money he owes according to the court. I am surprised there isn’t someone running the case as a trustee like Picard for the Madoff case and his attack on the Mets ownership. Seems strange that Ruderman is doing this on his own?

Patrick Stewart?

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