Tobey Maguire named in illegal gambling ring

By Alexandra Heilbron on June 23, 2011 | 22 Comments

Tobey Maguire is one of several Hollywood high rollers being sued in connection with an illegal gambling ring. Also believed to have been involved are Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Court papers state Maguire won $311,200 from Brad Ruderman, CEO of Ruderman Capital Management, who lost $25 million in total, sparking an FBI investigation. Ruderman is alleged to have used investors’ money to pay off his debts. The other A-listers aren’t being held accountable, according to a fellow player, because “Matt never won” and “Leo is a tight ass. When he lost $50,000 the look in his eyes was obvious, he was crazy.” The games were by invitation only, with members using secret passwords and unmarked rooms with armed guards in bullet proof vests. One source told The Star that Maguire won close to $1 million per month during a three year span. Under California law, it’s illegal to play for money at underground poker clubs. Maguire is being sued for the money he won “plus interest at the maximum legal rate” by investors trying to recoup some of what was stolen from them, according to court documents obtained by Radar Online. Dan Blizerian, another poker winner who’s being sued, called Maguire a “nit,” a poker term for an uptight, passive player that avoids confrontations. “He’s cheap as f**k and plays like a cheap b*tch… a guy who’s worth all that money playing as if he’s broke. Come on, dude,” Blizerian said.

Comments & Discussion

  1. Kags • June 23, 2011 @ 3:17 AM


  2. spidermanfan • June 23, 2011 @ 4:51 AM

    Blizerian sounds like a losing poker player, the players that win at poker long term are more than just nits, they understand the game and punish weaker players 😉

  3. Johnny • June 23, 2011 @ 10:01 AM

    @ Spidermanfan. I agree with you, if Tobey was such a cheap a$$ tight player he would not be winning over 1 million a month in cash games…he obviously took a lot of Blizerians money and he is bitter…haha

  4. andrya • June 23, 2011 @ 10:21 AM

    If you think about it as long as it is their money, then who cares what they choose to do with it. Government, back off! However, if some thieving greedy biatch is using investor’s money (other peoples money) to pay off his sorry ass debts then yeah, lock ’em up and/or make ’em pay. But leave Toby alone. It’s his money!

  5. Germain • June 23, 2011 @ 1:56 PM

    Yeah, big shots playing for big money, pretty laim. Pay up bitches.

  6. Bob • June 23, 2011 @ 2:16 PM

    Its not his money…if you win millions of dollars illegally and then you find out that you were paid with stolen money, tough &^%$. He’s basically now stealing money from innocent people. You won millions illegally, never paid taxes on that money and now on top of that you are indirectly responsible for the theft of the funds, own up and pay it back. You are worth millions anyway, why the heck would you risk even going into one of these clubs, its stupid…pay it back and hope you don’t get hit with tax evasion now.

  7. Tayderhead • June 23, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    So if Brad Ruderman is the guy who stole investor’s money to pay gambling debts, why isn’t this Tribute article about Ruderman instead of Tobey Maguire? I really don’t see anything illegal about it, it’s no different than the poker games other people all over every neighbourhood have, and they do all play for money. It’s just this group has more to play with. The law should leave them alone…….except for Ruderman of course.

  8. Germain • June 23, 2011 @ 3:14 PM

    Tayderhead “I really dont see anything illegal about it” It is illegal you idiot. It’s only legal in casinos. there’s a difference between a poker games at your buddy’s house for nickels and dimes and armed security guards for a poker game where you can win millions.

  9. Tayderhead • June 23, 2011 @ 3:38 PM

    “Idiot” yourself Germain. You have your opinions, I have mine. No need to get abusive about it.

  10. Johnny • June 23, 2011 @ 4:01 PM

    Tobey’s “spidey senses” obviously told him when to play and when to fold.

  11. Thea Weir • June 23, 2011 @ 4:08 PM

    Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sue anyone who took your money playing cards, lol. If they are going to sue anyone it should be Ruderman since he was the one who used their money to pay up.

  12. Hugh Mungas • June 23, 2011 @ 4:54 PM

    Really??? What a major league – sorry minor leaguer posing as a big leaguer – douche! Don’t fall back on poker as a viable excuse to re-coup your lost funds. Don’t name other A-listers then recant their involvement (your either involved and party to the activity or you aren’t – it is like being with a gang you robs a back but you should not be arrested because you can’t count and area bad shot with a gun). The headline should be “grifters get grifted” 🙂

  13. Germain • June 23, 2011 @ 6:10 PM

    OK sorry Tayderhead, you’re not an idiot, you just don’t know that it’s illegal to play poker for money. A lot of people smoke pot too, news flash, it’s illegal too just so you know. You see, it doesn’t matter if you don’t see anything wrong with it, it’s the law.

  14. mommaof tya • June 23, 2011 @ 7:22 PM

    I think their all losers !!$$$$$$$

  15. ihatehaters • June 23, 2011 @ 10:57 PM

    I believe in this case Ruderman got caught and ratted everyone out. question “where is our money?”
    answer “Spiderman has it.” Rich people like movie stars do things like this, even people who work for humanitarian causes like Matt Damon does because they have done everything we wish we could do with their money and they need a thrill. Paying the money back is not a problem for them it is the tarnished reputation that they worry about not to mention the IRS. Rudermna just wanted to be a big shot and hang with A-listers and used his investors money. He is definitely going to take the fall for all of this and rightly so. Dan Blizerian must learned the hard way that movie stars were not always rich and they must have that killer instinct to survive in show business. What a giant pussy.

  16. 3crows • June 23, 2011 @ 11:48 PM

    Germain: News Flash for you! A lot of people base their decisions on what is right and wrong, and actually don’t care much for what the laws are. I work with people who have regular poker nights, and people who bet half-sacks on sports scores. There is no need to be vindictive just because other people can play for higher stakes. I’m with those who say prosecute Ruderman and leave the others alone- except that they have to get the money back from somewhere.

  17. Kathleen • June 24, 2011 @ 12:02 AM

    Toby Macguire eh’? What a dissappointment! He’s heading for trouble, I’d guess–maybe drinking, etc. too much! I predict that within two years we’re going to hear that he’s had to go into Rehab, if he hasn’t gone broke before then—all washed up, as they say!! Too bad! He’s too young, and has been a really good actor up until now… end up like Nick Nolte, Charlie Sheen; to name a couple. Such a waste!—We’ll see!

  18. Germain • June 24, 2011 @ 7:28 AM

    3crows. When you play illegale games, you have to expect this kind of trouble. Those investors trusted the wrong guy and he gambled their money away on illegale games, these people are entitled to get their money back and the poker players won that money illegally so to me, it’s clear cut. Get those investors their money back, no matter who has to pay for it.

  19. Germain • June 24, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

    I think Germain was on the losing end of one of these games.

  20. Germain • June 24, 2011 @ 11:35 PM

    I played my fair share of poker, don’t use my name :).

  21. Dawn • June 27, 2011 @ 7:21 PM

    Wow I have to ask Kathleen where she gets he is “Hes heading for trouble, Id guessmaybe drinking, etc. too much! I predict that within two years were going to hear that hes had to go into Rehab, if he hasnt gone broke before thenall washed up” all from the facts of this article? He was playin a high stake private poker games… yes against the law but quite common. I don’t see where this is heading to rehab

  22. daily recommended • December 20, 2012 @ 9:05 PM

    It’s difficult to find well-informed people in this particular subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about!

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