Tobey Maquire Settles Poker Lawsuit

November 29, 2011 by staff 

Tobey Maquire Settles Poker Lawsuit, Tobey Maguire has settled a lawsuit that sought repayment of hundreds of thousands of dollars the “Spider-Man” actor allegedly won in secret high-stakes poker games at Beverly Hills luxury hotels, according to court documents filed last week.

A series of federal suits, including the one against Maguire, said the poker winnings were paid with funds stolen from investors who had been lured into an illegal Ponzi scheme.

Maguire agreed to pay $80,000 to the estate of Bradley Ruderman, 48, who is serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for tax, wire and investor advice fraud convictions. The judge will hold a hearing on December 21 to decide if he will approve the Maguire settlement.

The lawsuit against Maguire, filed in March, alleged that the actor won $311,000 from Ruderman in 2007 and 2008.

Actors Nick Cassavetes and Gabe Kaplan, along with professional poker player Dan Bilzerian, two nightclub owners and a Los Angeles lawyer, are among at least 10 other people sued by a bankruptcy trustee.

Most of the celebrity defendants have not publicly commented on the case, but Kaplan, the star of the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” reached his own settlement in August.

Kaplan, whose poker skills are well known because of his frequent television appearances at professional gambling events, agreed to repay $27,000 of the $62,000 the trustee contended he was paid in gambling proceeds from the Ponzi scheme funds.

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