Already owning a long history of gambling, and a string of warnings from Major League Baseball (MLB) to steer clear of poker, Alex Rodriguez has been implicated in the Tobey Maguire poker ring. Rodriguez joins the A-list of big names involved in the high-stakes, and quite possibly illegal, poker games, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Patrick Courtney, MLB senior vice president of public relations, commented that “this is the first we have about this and we will look into it.”
Hudge fund manager Brad Ruderman is suing Maguire specifically to recover more than $300,000 he lost to the Spiderman star. Ruderman is currently serving a jail sentence for running a massive Ponzi scheme, which he used to pay for his gambling. According to the books, Ruderman was as bad at poker as he was good at running a Ponzi scheme. Rodriguez is the latest big name to be revealed as a part of the poker ring, which met regularly in Beverly Hills hotels.
When questioned by ESPN New York about his involvement, Rodriguez refused to comment. “I’m not really going to get into any of that right now,” he said. “We’re going to focus on good little baseball here against a great team. … Any basketball questions? Any boxing questions?” In 2005, Rodriguez personally promised baseball commissioner Bud Selig that he would cease all involvements in private, illegal New York poker games.