Maguire Fires Back At Poker Cash Allegations

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June 30, 2011 | 9:05pm EST

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire has fired back at allegations he took cash from a convicted conman in unlicensed poker games, insisting the card play was no more than fun among friends.
Maguire has been accused of taking more than $300,000 in winnings from bankrupt hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman, who is currently behind bars after he was convicted of operating a fraudulent Ponzi scheme.

Bankruptcy trustees filed suit against Maguire in a bid to recoup money that Ruderman claims to have lost in illegal poker games in California, but the actor has now filed legal documents, categorically denying that he participated in high-stakes celebrity poker games.

In his suit, obtained by, he maintains the poker games were not “controlled” and there was not a “regular roster of players consisting of wealthy celebrities, entrepreneurs, attorneys and businessmen.”