May 26, 2017

Tobey Maguire poker skills tie him to bankruptcy case

By Sean O’Connell Tobey Maguire’s name now has been linked to a bankruptcy case, though the details are far more sordid that you’d imagine.

Maguire reportedly participated in unlicensed, high-stakes poker games being held in posh Los Angeles hotels and won … big, according to TMZ. One of the players who coughed up dough to Maguire’s poker pot, though, was hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman, who currently is in jail for running a ponzi scheme. Because Ruderman’s company is in bankruptcy, the courts are going after his money any place they can find it … including in Maguire’s pockets.

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

Will Maguire have to pay up? And who else is hanging out at these high-profile poker games? Hopefully details will continue to emerge as this case soldiers on.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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