Maguire Pays $80,000; Lawsuit Settled Over High-Stakes
Hollywood Poker Games, by Greg Tingle - 28th Novemember
Maguire (aka Peter Parker from Spider-Man) has reached
an $80,000 settlement with U.S prosecutors over his
involvement (playing) in high stakes Hollywood Poker
this year, the popular actor was one of 22 punters
sued for winning money in allegedly illegal poker
games from a Beverly Hills hedge fund top brass who
was convicted of running a Ponzi Scheme. This past
Wednesday, the parties filed court papers in bankruptcy
court revealing that Maguire has agreed to part with
$80,000 to be released from ongoing litigation meant
to recoup money for those who got duped by the fraud.
was one of many Hollywood insiders who participated
in high-stakes poker games at lush Beverly Hills hotels
with Brad Ruderman, the CEO of Ruderman Capital Partners.
good mate and poker playing pal, Leonardo DiCaprio,
is understood to be pleased that he wasn't fined,
and is being discrete about his gambling (and women),
as much as the press might try to juice things up.
was later convicted of wire fraud and investment fraud
and is now locked up in a Texas jail as the trustee
of Ruderman Capital attempts to locate as much as
possible of the $25 million allegedly lost in these
Hollywood poker games. Among the other celeb identified
in a lawsuit launched last June were The Notebook
director Nick Cassavetes, Welcome Back Kotter star
Gabe Kaplan, and record label owner Cody Leibel. Other
stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck
were also reportedly involved in the poker games,
with $50,000 buy-ins (but they were not sued).
allegedly pocketed more than $300,000 in poker, but
in the lawsuit, the bankruptcy judge alleged the poker
was unlicensed and that the winnings were ill-gotten
gains from Ruderman's clients.
Wednesday, in court filings, the trustee revealed
a settlement with Maguire. Per the agreement, the
star of Spider-Man paid $80,000 and represented to
the best of his knowledge that he has not received
any more monies than those poker winnings from Ruderman.
Maguire also disavows any knowledge of the Ponzi scheme
and agrees not to make any claim on the bankrupt estate.
settlement will need to be approved by a judge. A
hearing date of Dec. 21 has been put down to consider
the motion for settlement.
to the court paperwork, the parties entered into a
settlement agreement to avoid the expense and risk
of further litigation. In making the case that the
settlement represents the best interests of the estate,
Howard Ehrenberg, the Chapter 7 trustee for Ruderman
Capital points out that the lawsuit raised "several
complex issues of law and fact," including "whether
Maguire provided value to the Debtor in relation to
the poker games and whether certain of the transfers
from Ruderman to Maguire constitute funds of the Debtor."
signed the settlement agreement himself on Nov. 18,
and if approved by the judge, he will be released
from ongoing case. Maguire was represented by Robert
Barta at Rosoff Schiffres & Barta.
poker players are understood to be laying low, until
the case blows over, with some stars being advised
to stay clear of poker for a while to help keep them
away from potential problems..
DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire told to ease off high stakes
poker, by Greg Tingle
we know another reason that movie stars Leo DiCaprio
and Tobey Maguire have enjoyed quite a bit of their
time in 'Sin City' Sydney, Australia - they like a
punt, and are fans of Australian land based casinos,
with The Star being at the top of their list for the
meantime. It's not known for certain if the twosome
have played poker or gambled on Australian soil, but
take a wild guess.
Hollywood (and AussieWood) stars love to gamble, and
high-stakes poker is one of their favourite games.
Privacy is high on their priorities and it's known
that some forms of gambling don't sit well with the
law in some parts of the world, including in the United
understood that Tobey Maguire and mates Leonardo DiCaprio
and Ben Affleck are long time high stakes poker fans
and may have participated in quite a few private games
played mainly in Los Angeles and New York.
word is that the FBI is probing into alleged Russian
mob connections to those big dollar games.
few months ago there was a lawsuit filed against Maguire
claiming a big Wall Street investment guy paid his
gambling debts with funds inappropriately acquired
from his firms investors.
longtime associate of both DiCaprio and Maguire is
understood to have said "As much as those boys
love to gamble, they dont need this kind of
hassle...It seems clear that a number of very unsavory
people have used their own huge wealth to weasel their
way into those games.
one needs a Frank Sinatra problem these days,"
added the leak, referring to the Mafia connections
that followed Ol Blue Eyes most of his life.
and Maguire are currently enjoying a working holiday
of Australia and both gents have been spotted at The
Star (entertainment complex and casino - ex Star City
Casino) more than once.
Leo' is staring in The Great Gatsby. Maguire is not
working Spider-Man, but has a number of exciting projects
in the works. May the best player, er, actor Win.
of this while online gaming companies such as Bwin.Party
Digital Entertainment, which owns the World Poker
Tour, attempts to get the green light from the US
government to offer Americans totally legal online
Man is following up the story, and understands
that McGuire is close to coming to terms with prosecutors
on the Hollywood Poker investigation.
Sinatra Film May Get Up With Martin Scorsese And Leonardo
DiCaprio, by Greg Tingle -
27th November 2011
talk is that the Frank Sinatra bio pic that Martin
Scorsese pitched around town a few years ago is still
very much on the cards to become a reality.
was during the promoting period of his Hugo, genius
director Scorsese slipped in that he was indeed going
to get back to a new version of a Sinatra movie script
he's had on the back-burner for a while.
was mentioned by name to play the lead. Rumours state
Leo would not sing, as no one could ever do Frank
better than Frank, so Leo would just lip sync the
singing parts - not something Leo is all that much
of a custom of doing, so hopefully the public (and
investors) will buy into that.
like Sinatra, Leo likes to gamble at casinos a bit
too, most recently spotted at The Star (formally Star
City Casino) in Sydney, Australia, and last year Leo
played some Hollywood poker for high stakes with friends
including Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), that made international
headlines when the legalities of the games came into
understood that the Sinatra family have final script
first script presented too much of Sinatra's dark
side to get to the next round, whereas this time around
things appear to be sailing more smoothly.
Sinatra Family have been interested in further developing
their Frank Sinatra Enterprises, with games
(via Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment) and memorabilia
(Mattel etc) also part of a solid business model,
and a movie deal would certainly get things to the
agency, based out of Australia, will be following
up the story in the coming weeks. As Sinatra said
'Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary
DiCaprio Sydney Party In Kings Cross Sin City Sydney;
80 Women, by Anonymous -
21st November 2011
DiCaprio is starting to let it all hang out (well
sort of in a fairly private way) in 'Sin City' Sydney,
and in what better way than a party at an Kings Cross
exclusive nightclub, followed by "after party"
(I can't get much more specific - sorry Gals and Guys).
may wonder if 'Our Leo' is trying to really nail the
Jay Gatsby character for real, or is it more of a
Hugh Hefner (in his prime) influence? Whatever the
case, Leo sure knows how to throw a party, be it at
a hot Kings Cross nightclub or on Room X of The Star
(formally known as Star City Casino). The gamble to
attend for sure many pretty young things (and a couple
of slightly older and beefy ones) sure paid off handsomely.
I'm still hurting (in a very good way). Oh god, my
legs, my ass, my head, but it was worth it.
a week after celebrating his 37th birthday in the
US, Leonardo DiCaprio held a down under birthday party
last Flirty Friday night at his favourite 'Sin City'
Sydney nightclub, Beach Haus in 'M+' rated Kings Cross.
Some party-goers were still going strong some 24 hours
later, but by that stage that party had spilled over
in a delicious way to 'Room X' at The Star and at
other undisclosed location. My girlfriend swears she
counted about half a dozen condom packets scatted
across the penthouse floor, with Ansell 'Lifestyles'
looking to be the order of the day. I can recall a
few jokes being shared about Ethan not "getting
any" for a while, and this got the ladies' sympathy
vote. Ethan lapped it up and the only complaint noted
came a few hours later, apparently Ethan having a
sore tongue and jelly legs. The word is that he slept
in to about Noon.
Haus was basically closed off to the public at large
and a line of 80 something leggy and busty blondes
and brunettes stretched down Roslyn St. We were in
the mix with friends from Australia's Next Top Model.
Darlings, I know you want a couple of names so here
goes...Lola Van Vorst, Tahnee Atkinson, Rebecca Jobson
and Alyce Crawford. The music was R'n'B tunes and
gangster rap, and we made our own "music"
later in the wee hours of the morning.
club went all the way baby for DiCaprio who lifted
the smoking ban, allowing the man of the moment -
the too sweet to be sour one to enjoy his cigars,
and believe us, the cigs did not hurt Leo's chances
with the ladies one little bit. Lukas Haas (Inception)
and former My Name Is Earl comic Ethan Suplee, kept
close by to Leo, and why wouldn't they, such is his
good luck, good looks and all that. That trifeca of
boys was enough to make any girl go "oh ah more
Great Gatsby co-star Tobey Maguire was spotted in
a separated dance floor sector drinking water roughly
3am. The party at Beach Haus went on for hours and
to our delight a couple of friends and I were told
we were invited to join Leo and friends at The Darling
- The Star casino, and a phone number was later supplied.
Sure enough, the limos arrived, and we were on route
to The Star. Talk about hitting the jackpot.
Saturday night, birthday boys DiCaprio, Suplee, Haas
and a spread of others were seen at King's Cross new
eatery Barrio Chino before darting across the road
for a drink.
all accounts Scorpio DiCaprio still has a delightful
sting in his tail, and Spidy Maguire hasn't lost his
touch in spinning his web. They boys sure know how
to make a spine tingle and experience heaven from
head to toe. My girlfriend, manfriend and I still
have a bit of sore neck and booty-licious, but man
was it worth it.
all accounts Scorpio DiCaprio still has a delightful
sting in his tail, and Spidy Maguire hasn't lost his
touch in spinning webs as well. My girlfriend, manfriend
and I still have a bit of sore neck and booty-licious,
but man was it worth it.
man doesn't ever let me get shared with anyone else,
however they do say that the exception proves the
rule - thank god. It's said that 2 is a party, and
3 is a crowd, but in this case a bakers dozen and
83 was a party of orgasmitic proportions.
my writings seem a bit blurred here, its because they
are. I'm still cumming down from a massive high, and
I was rocked and rolled like never before. Please
Leo, do invite us to come over again soon... just
the three of us if you prefer, but I do have another
very friendly girlfriend I would like you meat too.
Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald and maybe even the late
J. Edgar would be proud.