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Celebrity Poker Circle -- Pay Up or GET OUT!

6/26/2011 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tobey Maguire's super-exclusive high-stakes celebrity poker circle was SERIOUS when it came to cash -- in fact, TMZ has learned, if you didn't pay up ... you were blackballed for life. 

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A regular player in the exclusive poker circle -- which included Leo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Nick Cassavetes and Todd Phillips -- tells TMZ, the poker games took place every Tuesday night for nearly 2 years ... from 2005-2007. 

The circle was small -- only 8 or 9 players at a time -- and we're told, the mood was always "super serious" ... no joking, no drinking. The games would start around 10PM and go all night.

It wasn't uncommon for tempers to flare either -- we're told screaming matches happened on the regular ... and on the rare occasion, the table even got tossed over.

There was no official buy-in -- but we're told, hands often got as big as $150,000 a pot. We're told players would regularly lose $500,000 in one sitting ... no big deal.

But these guys weren't carrying briefcases of cash with them -- we're told most of the time, they played on credit ... and if someone didn't pay, that was it ... they were out of the circle forever.

Inside the room, there were dealers, massage girls, lots of security, food, and a full bar ... presumably for the spectators -- which included a list of billionaires ... and one time, the Olsen Twins.

As for who was the ultimate card shark -- we're told that was Tobey, no question.



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1.

jax    

kick out Schwarzenegger and four-eyes and thats a sick crew to be with

1178 days ago
2.

Rockachaw    

as a native Welchman, I find this headline offensive

1178 days ago
3.

Trooper    

Noticed this a couple of times on TMZ... the expression is actually 'card sharp', contrary to popular belief. Just sayin.

1178 days ago
4.

Me    

It couldn't have been that hard for Tobey to win. He is playing against Ben Affleck, the wannabe poker player.

1178 days ago
5.

Rita    

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1178 days ago
6.

willzark    

this is awesome, this is hollywood, this is the life they should be living, this is the story we all always thought was happening. this is what players of thier stature should be engaged in, no booze, no drugs, just die hard, hard core poker players. the west is not dead, this is life right here people, all you people keep talking smack, these guys were, excuse me, living the life you wanna be living ME, these guys are the sh=t, they are holllywood and they were smart enough not to let a house 'rake' thier winnings, this was nothing less than a gentlemans 'high stake' game. god bless them and god bless the usa.

1178 days ago
7.

James    

Nice to be so rich that 150k is meaningless.

1178 days ago
8.

Evan Benz    

All these Married with Children dudes . . . . Had Mary Kate and Ashley over to watch them play poker all night ???

Next your going to say that Demi Lovato was there also.


Are you sure these were High Stakes poker games and not Marathon Babysitting sessions ????

1178 days ago
9.

JJ    

Rich "kids" trying to act like real men.

How sad.

1178 days ago
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Me    

willzark 3 hours ago this is awesome, this is hollywood, this is the life they should be living, this is the story we all always thought was happening. this is what players of thier stature should be engaged in, no booze, no drugs, just die hard, hard core poker players. the west is not dead, this is life right here people, all you people keep talking smack, these guys were, excuse me, living the life you wanna be living ME, these guys are the sh=t, they are holllywood and they were smart enough not to let a house 'rake' thier winnings, this was nothing less than a gentlemans 'high stake' game. god bless them and god bless the usa
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Put the crack pipe down.

1178 days ago
11.

jerry    

no drinking, no jokes, tables thrown, but there was a full bar. A, how can you sit and play cards all night with a bunch of dudes with no drinks and no jokes. there were drinks and jokes and tables thrown over or I quit as a human

1178 days ago
12.

jerry    

I miss the old bad black comedians of the late 90s. Like War of the Worlds the movie. They'd be like, "sheeeeeeeeit, them aliens wouldn't pull that stuff in the hood. They'd get dealt with quickly."

1178 days ago
13.

Jackie    

I wanna 3some with Ben, Matt and Leo...lol...

1178 days ago
14.

jerry    

like, "man, only white folks get abducted by aliens. Try abducting a brother......shoooot, be like, 'nah nah, don't get knocked out, we don't play that alien stuff, you aint abductin nuthin, go get a white dude, we don't play that."

1178 days ago
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pancake    

of course gonna be tobey he can spidy web your cards and nobody will notice and is playin against a ***** that cry and drown in the titanic a purple blind superhero an a fat pornstach wearing informant. but if something good happen is the olsen twins bored out of there mind and food

1178 days ago
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