Tobey Maguire Sued Over Illegal Poker Games

I sort of love the idea of richie rich celebrities gathering in swank hotel rooms for illegal high-stakes poker games with an $100,000 minimum buy-in. Apparently, this is what Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and other assorted Hollywood high-rollers have been up to. I imagine there were lots of cigars at these games, not to mention tomfoolery that would make a gossip columnist drool all over themselves.

So how did we find out about these underground poker games? Because Maguire, along with Nick Cassavettes (the director of “The Notebook”) and Gabe Kaplan (the star of “Welcome Back Kotter,” who I’m guessing is like the crazy older uncle of the group) just got sued over them. Apparently, Brad Ruderman—the CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners who lost $25 million worth of his investors’ money and is currently in jail for running a ponzi scheme—was also a player in the games. Only he sucked, while Maguire, Cassavettes and Kaplan were good. In other words, they left the games with large sums of Ruderman’s money—Maguire supposedly won about $300K. So now, the lawyers of clients who lost their life savings to Ruderman are suing these three to try to recoup something. They say the money these guys won from Ruderman (a) wasn’t his to gamble with in the first place and (b) is fair game for repayment since the poker games were illegal by California law.

What do you think—should the people who lost money to Ruderman recoup the large chunks of change these poker players won? Or did they win the money fair and square, and thus should not have to pony up for Ruderman’s illegal tab?

I guess with great poker playing comes great responsibility.

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