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Maguire Aka Spider-Man: Lost Money On Hollywood Poker Games...
Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire believes he should not have to pay back all his winnings from a series of illegal Hollywood poker games was unaware he was playing an unlicensed game, and had also lost money. Maguire is being sued for $294,800 plus interest, because he won this amount from a conman who is now being bankrupted in a bid to pay back his victims. A bankruptcy trustee is suing the Spiderman actor and 22 other people for their winnings to recoup money for investors who were conned into a Ponzi scheme by Bradley Ruderman. The 'Texas Hold'Em' poker games — which took place at a number of upscale Beverly Hills hotels — have become the centre of a legal fight. Lawyers representing the Ponzi investors claim hundreds and thousands of dollars lost by Ruderman, in poker matches held between 2006 and 2009, should be returned because the games were operated illegally. But Maguire has filed court papers denying any wrongdoing and claiming $157,000 he lost in the poker matches should be deducted from "any liability" that the court may decide he should pay. Maguire denies he was aware the poker games were being run without the necessary licenses and says he knew little about how they were organised or operated. His court filing states: "Tobey Maguire unconditionally denies having engaged in any conduct whatsoever in violation of law and further categorically denies having knowingly or intentionally participated in any fraudulent scheme". A number of other A-list celebrities were allegedly involved in the poker matches, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. They have not been targeted by the court action. The twice-weekly games were held at high-profile celebrity hang-outs including the Viper Room and the Four Seasons Hotel, and included food, alcohol and a masseuse for players.
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