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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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16.

Garts    

Arn't private games where the "house" doesn't benefit from the outcome of the game legal? Home games are totally legal and if that is technically what this is then doesn't Tobey had a right to keep that money?

1183 days ago
17.

Rob    

I TMZ is aware of criminal activity, aren't they responsible to report it to the athorities? Maybe this guy can sue TMZ for aiding Toby in his illegal activities...

1183 days ago
18.

casting couch    

As long as he doesn't make another Spider-Man movie, he can throw down at poker games till the sun comes up.

1182 days ago
19.

noneofyourbusiness    

Mo Money....Mo Problems......

1182 days ago
20.

lisa2    

Ruderman is a disgusting snitch...oh yeah and a s***my big time criminal.

I hope the other prisoners take care of him and teach him about snitching!

1182 days ago
21.

writenow    

Wait a second....I remember reading a big spread in Vanity Fair on quiet, high-stakes games a couple of years ago. Meaning, isn't everyone more or less aware of them . . .and who the good players are, James Woods and Hello Jennifer Tilly (among others)?

1182 days ago
22.

Curious    

Some of the other big names include DiCaprio, Affleck, Damon and a couple of others. FOX broke the news a couple of hours ago.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/06/22/tobey-maguire-sued-for-participating-in-multi-million-dollar-illegal-gambling/?test=faces

1182 days ago
23.

bunny    

Peter and Paul, how interesting. What if he spent all the money already?

1182 days ago
24.

2percent    

The guy lost the money while knowingly participating in illegal activities. The money doesn't get returned,if found it gets applied toward the fines for the illegal activities. This is an obvious attempt to rat out everyone else involved.Law enforcement will now have to investigate and Ruderman in hoping to give information for a sentence reduction.

1182 days ago
25.

Theshiz    

I used to work with Brad Ruderman at Lehman Bros. He is a total snake. So glad he is behind bars!

1182 days ago
26.

ManiacalZebra    

How are they going to prove how much he won in the game and from whom?

1182 days ago
27.

Rob    

"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."

If TMZ has knowledge of a crime, I believe it is their duty to turn over all information to authorities. If they don't, perhaps THEY will be sued for facilitating the large loss of money...

1182 days ago
28.

Craig    

Can they actually prove that though? I'm sure Ruderman didn't exactly write a check to Maguire, so I doubt there's a paper trail...unless they get employees to testify Tobey participated, but even then that's not enough to prove Tobey got any money from the games, or how much. Right?

1182 days ago
29.

John    

What a friggen loser! You got in these games and you lost. Too bad so sad.

1182 days ago
30.

Shady's Lady    

Very talented dude.

1182 days ago
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