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Tobey Maguire: I Did NOT Play Illegal Poker

6/30/2011 1:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tobey Maguire has just filed legal docs, categorically denying that he participated in illegal celebrity poker games.


As we previously reported, Tobey is being sued by the bankruptcy trustees of a convicted felon who claims Tobey won more than $300,000 in unlicensed poker games in L.A.  The trustees are trying to get the money back.

In his answer to the lawsuit, Tobey says the hold 'em poker games were not "controlled games," which required the host to have a license. 

Tobey also denies there was any scheme on his part to defraud anyone.  According to the complaint, the person whom Tobey took to the cleaners was Bradley Ruderman, who is serving time for defrauding a bunch of people out of more than $50 million in a Ponzi scheme.

In the docs, Tobey "admits that he was invited to participate in the Poker Games" ... but denies that there was a "regular roster of players consisting of wealthy celebrities, entrepreneurs, attorneys and businessmen."


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Tom C.    

A guest who receives $92,000 for observing...

1218 days ago


The photo you used harken back to Tobey's casting couch days.

1218 days ago


Hasn't TMZ already covered all of this? Why repeat the same crap over and over.

1218 days ago


"Controlled session" think NOT...going for the BLOCK! BAM!

Spanking the little greedy sucker and he should have to pay the legal fees too for crap like this.

1218 days ago


TMZ: what editor accepted the LIVINGSOCIAL photo? Worse manicure in that picture, I don't want one like that!

1218 days ago


Sounds like the IRS has been asking Tobey some questions...

1218 days ago


This lawsuit is just dumb! "Unlicensed poker games?" So everyone needs to have a license if they play poker?

1218 days ago


The photo caption should be 'I *********'.

1218 days ago


That is suck the big weeny.

1218 days ago


Yeah, right. And he didn't dress-up in a costume and pretend to be Spider-man neither.

1218 days ago


I have to side with Tobey McGuire all the way.

The little schit, Bradley Ruderman, is just trying to get his money back THAT HE LOST by getting the Trustee after Tobey and forcing Tobey to spend money on legal fees.

Bradley Ruderman has probably got money burried somewhere he doesn't want touched until he gets out of prison and is trying to figure out who else he could "ponzie scheme" right from jail so who better to set up than they guy who beat his azz at poker.

1218 days ago


D 4 minutes ago

This lawsuit is just dumb! "Unlicensed poker games?" So everyone needs to have a license if they play poker?

The law is to prevent FRAUD! If people are getting paid to organize poker games, then it needs to be regulated otherwise who's to say they didn't get paid to swindle some of the players out of their money. For example, Tobey could have been in on a con where he knows the cards are marked and he splits his winnings with the "Poker Madam" that organized the games.

1218 days ago


I wonder if he reported those winnings on his tax returns?

1218 days ago


Hello TMZ,

I had a discussion about this topic of Texas Hold'm and it's legality with an actor who hosts some of these gatherings.He says...Texas Hold'm is not gambling because it is a skill game. It's not like black jack or roulette or any other table games because strategy is needed. Therefore under the California law, what Toby did is legal as long as the house did not take money.

1218 days ago


Uncle sam's always watching. Unless you're in the billionaire's club, of course.

1218 days ago
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