Gambling

by (@hallekiefer)

Ben Affleck Allegedly Lost $400,000 In Secret Rich-People Poker Games

Remember how, for a brief shining moment, Tobey Maguire seemed like some kind of international playboy for raking it in at those secret famous people poker games? Ben Affleck’s gambling habits, on the other hand, kind of takes the shine off of his badassery. RadarOnline reports that at one point, The Town star ended up owing $400,000 to the president of Universal Studios Ron Meyer….all from one bad hand. “Ben busted big,” a source alleges. “He drummed up a giant tab, and then all of a sudden he disappeared from the game. He wasn’t seen for months.” So basically the same thing that happened after he made Jersey Girl, we take it?

For awhile, Affleck was even allegedly running his own poker nights in the early 2000s. “It was touted in the underground scene as ‘Ben’s Game’,” a source claims. “At the time, Ben wasn’t the most skillful player, it was almost like he was someone who felt they did not deserve the money they had. During the time period at the Havana Room, though, J.LO would call all the time desperately trying to track down her fiancé.” Hmm, we always wondered what happened between those two, though to be fair, up until now we just assumed the answer was also Jersey Girl.

 

by (@hallekiefer)

Tobey Maguire Sued Over Illegal High-Stakes Poker Games

Wow, we always sort of pictured Tobey Maguire as a quiet, smiling quasi-wiener of a guy, maybe with some blueberry pie smeared on his face that he doesn’t know about. However, it seems the actor has been dropping that Cider House Rules money when he shouldn’t have, and now Tobey Maguire’s gambling winnings are being called out in a lawsuit that makes Tobey seem shockingly hard-core. Allegedly Maguire frequently takes part in illegal poker games populated by celebrities and millionaires (which fits with what we suspected about famous people). Maguire might have been able to keep his Bond-esque nighttime activities private if he hadn’t won money from Bradley Ruderman, a hedge fund manager who used his clients money in the games, thereby enabling card shark Maguire to buy all the short-sleeved button downs his mild heart could desire.

Ruderman is currently in jail for defrauding investors, and trustees of his bankrupt company are trying to get back the reported $25 million he lost to various high-rollers, including $311,200 currently stuffed in Maguire’s wallet. Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck also took part in the poker games, but aren’t being sued, despite how cool that would make all of them seem right now. Other players such as The Notebook‘s Nick Cassavetes have been named in the lawsuit, meaning that while we were weeping into our sweatshirts over Noah and Allie finally getting together in the rain, Cassavetes was making it rain hundos all over the Hollywood elite.