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Tobey Maguire Sued Over Illegal Gambling

6/22/2011 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tobey Maguire has been dragged into a bankruptcy case ... all because he's really, really good at Texas Hold'em poker.
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Here's how it went down.  A hedge fund manager named Bradley Ruderman is currently in prison for operating a ponzi scheme, defrauding a number of clients by essentially stealing from Peter to pay Paul.  But according to legal docs obtained by TMZ, Ruderman was also a not-so-good poker player.

Ruderman's company is now in bankruptcy and the trustees are looking for money anywhere they can find it to pay his victims and other creditors.  Now here's where Tobey enters the picture.

According to the docs, Tobey, Ruderman and others laid down lots of loot in private, unlicensed, high-stakes games at posh hotels in L.A., including the Four Seasons and the Peninsula.  Ruderman -- who has already admitted to losing $5.2 million on the poker tables -- fell victim to Tobey's card skills.

Problem for Tobey  -- in California unlicensed poker games are illegal so the winnings are considered ill-gotten.  As for how much, the docs say more than $300,000 betweeen 2007 and 2008.

So now the bankruptcy trustees are going after Tobey, trying to seize his winnings so they can use the money to pay off creditors.

Note -- TMZ is aware of big-named celebrity poker games at a Hollywood Hills home in which Tobey and others have been secretly playing high-stakes poker for years.



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1.

lander    

i really liked him in the Hangover movies. Too bad about the car accident.

1135 days ago
2.

smashley    

pathetic... leave tobey alone. that guy stole from people and that has nothing to do with illegal gambling. totally different issues. hope the judge doesnt go for this.

1135 days ago
3.

Sonja    

... people with money, always thinking they are above the law.

1135 days ago
4.

Big Taters    

TMZ is aware of games???

Snitch ass biches

1135 days ago
5.

Home Skillet    

Can I get in the Hollywood Hills game?

1135 days ago
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Rodney    

"I'm a Lawyer" Can you or Jason Check on what IS an illegal underground poker ring and a Home Poker game. I think its if you're collecting rake. If not then it was just a home game and I believe you can pay dealers and everything. So Please "I'm a Lawyer" differentiate between the two before you go an call it illegal or not. If it already happened how could you LEGALLY prove it was a raked game after the fact if you didn't have an Undercover cop at the game to witness it. Hearsay.

1135 days ago
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Drew G.    

Did they keep the receipts and do***ent every game lost to Tobey, how much he put in the pot and how much he won that was lost by Bradley Ruderman? Yes, I didn't think so. Good luck with that case.

1135 days ago
8.

Michelle    

they're celebrities, so naturally the law doesn't apply.

1135 days ago
9.

Chaps    

Sore loser! Dont play if you cant pay!

1135 days ago
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Chaps    


I bet a night with Lindsay that Charlie Sheen wont get his job back with 2.5 men!

1135 days ago
11.

leelee    

doesn't ellen degeneres host "big-named celebrity" poker games on a regular basis?

1135 days ago
12.

meme    

Ruderman is a very sore loser. Good luck trying to sure someone for his illegal winnings in illegal poker games.

1135 days ago
13.

Wolf    

2nd!

1135 days ago
14.

JimmyScotland    

Rodney is correct, the game isn't classed as illegal in some states unless their is a "rake" taken from the game. Some states don't allow non regulated games however, as silly as it seems when you consider where the game originated in the dark rooms of bars in Germany.

1135 days ago
15.

Ernest    

Tobey is such a D**K. He was using his "Spidey Sense" to win all that money! He would fold every time he got that tingling in his head.

1135 days ago
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