Well, to the extent we think it is funny when the rich and famous get sued.
For playing games we can only dream of entering. Like a poker game where you win $311,000.
But, the money (allegedly) was won from a crook who stole it in a Ponzie scheme.
And now the crook is bankrupt, and the bankruptcy trustee is suing Toby McGuire among others, to get poker winnings back.
The claim is that the high stakes poker games, at exclusive Beverly Hills and La La Land hotels and residences were illegal. This is a bankruptcy trustee, on behalf of creditors of the bankrupt crook, suing to collect what he claims are funds that the crook stole from innocent victims, who should have the money back, rather than the innocent victors at the card table.
Gabe Kaplan and Nick Cassavettes are other celebrities among the eleven defendants being sued, though Ben Affleck, buddy Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio also reportedly were players.
Hey, maybe they lost money!
Bradley Ruderman is doing ten years for a variety of convictions, and the trustee states that he lost $1.5 million over time in the poker games. And that the defendants won that money.
Ruderman’s 22 victims gave him $44.3 million to invest, which he successfully turned into $65,000. Reminds me of the joke about how to make a million in the stock market. Start with 7 million.
So it is comforting to know he didn’t blow all of it playing poker.
Being that the games were unlicensed, you can play Texas hold em at licensed venues in California, the winners do not have a legally enforceable claim to the winnings.
At least one professional poker player is among those being sued.
Well, come on, the professional ought to be beating up on the amateurs.
This is a civil suit, for money, so there is no threat of jail time at this point, and no law enforcement agencies have evinced any interest in pressing charges.
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