If the rumors are to be believed, then it certainly seems like our friendly neighborhood Spiderman is much more poker savvy than the Daredevil. If Tobey Maguire got the front page of tabloids because of his winnings for the game, the exact opposite happened to Ben Affleck. Rumors say that Affleck lost more than $400,000 from those underground poker games that everybody has been talking about.
A Brief Summary
If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest Hollywood gossip, then here’s a short summary of what our dearest stars have been up to during the past decade. Just recently, Tobey Maguire was named in a lawsuit involving Brad Ruderman, the instigator of the ‘Ponzi Scheme’. Ruderman played in several underground poker sessions in Hollywood along with some of the biggest stars in the industry such as Tobey Maguire, Leonardo diCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and a whole bunch of Hollywood directors and producers. It was basically a poker tournament for the big wigs, and millions were nearly always involved. The problem was, the money that Ruderman lost wasn’t even his. It was money he mooched off from the investors, all of whom came after him when his scheme was discovered. Not content to have Ruderman in jail, the investors also went after the poker players whom Ruderman lost the money to, claiming that since the games were illegal, then their winnings should be returned. Tobey Maguire was specifically named because he won more than $400,000 from Ruderman.
Ben Affleck, on the other hand, can count it as a hidden blessing that he hadn’t been as talented in poker as Maguire. Affleck, though a participant in the games, was not named in the law suit. In fact, at one point, he began to owe Maguire’s father-in-law, Ron Meyer, quite a lot of money. Now, Ron Meyer is about as big as they get in Hollywood, and to owe him money would be highly damaging to any actor’s career. At first, it didn’t seem like Affleck would come up with the money, as it was a period in his life where his movies weren’t selling like hotcakes. But he eventually managed to come up with the dough and paid off his debt, by which time he became welcome in the underground poker ring again.
However, when Affleck’s representative was asked about this whole fiasco, he just said that everything said in the tabloids were “complete garbage”. Thus, this whole thing might not be completely true – or, more likely, it may have been blown out of proportion, as is common among tabloids. The rep also said that the story was “made up” and that it lacked any real sources. Affleck himself is not available for comment.
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