CATEGORIES Movie NewsThere are many perks to being a movie star, and one of them is having the ability to spend money on anything. As it turns out, not every A-lister is buying lime-green Lamborghinis and vats of caviar. Some of them actually gamble it away in secret high-stakes poker games!
This week's story in The Hollywood Reporter examines the world of underground poker tournaments in L.A., which feature some of Tinseltown's biggest power players: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have all been spotted at games held in multi-million dollar homes in Southern California. However, what started out as harmless fun eventually turned into potentially expensive lawsuits.
As THR states, "In March, players' names started appearing in court filings alleging that unbeknownst to them, they had been pocketing stolen money."
While DiCaprio, Affleck and Damon have come out unscathed, actor Tobey Maguire, who's known to play around the celeb poker circuits, may have to return $311,200 that he won from a former hedge fund manager who has since been charged with running a $44 million Ponzi scheme (the Maguire news broke back in June). The manager, Bradley Ruderman, continually lost his money in these games, and because he was rich, the folks involved continued to let him play. (We assume their thought process was: "Hey, this guy sucks! Let's keep taking his money.")
The rest of the article delves into the lawsuit, the history behind these games and the Hollywood elite who continue to run them. The whole thing is a pretty fascinating read and you can check it out over on THR.
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