Everyone is abuzz with the impending book from the “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom, Molly’s Game: High Stakes, Hollywood’s Elite, Hotshot Bankers, My Life in the World of Underground Poker which promises to “name names” from the high-stakes, private Hollywood Home games.
While it’s rumored that she takes a liking to poker-friendly actors like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck , supposedly Spider-man himself, Tobey Maguire is painted in a less than heroic light. In this fascinating article from the New York Observer, character witness Houston Curtis speaks for the first time in detail about Maguire, Bloom and some of the inner workings of the nosebleed home game.
It’s a great read and while Maguire is supposedly “destroyed” in the book…some of these just stories sound like Spidey’s a hustler, baby.
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According to Curtis and Bloom, not only is Tobey a good poker player as far as actors go…he has the skill to legitimately compete for bracelets.
As for Mr. Maguire, he’s in a different league from other actors who can play some cards. While often mentioned in the same breath with other excellent playing actors like Jennifer Tilly and Ben Affleck, according to one of the sources, Mr. Maguire plays at a level that far surpasses “good for an actor” and approaches the elite level of the players who win bracelets at the World Series.
Tobey attracted major whales by paying for some of his high profile Hollywood chums to sit at the table.
Tobey got Molly to concoct these games using friends like Leo DiCaprio to sit at the table. Tobey was basically paying their entry fee, and using Leo as a lure to get these billionaires like Alec Gores and Andy Beal to come to the games.
Tobey even bought up the debt of the aforementioned Houston Curtis and then struck a staking deal which had him earning 50% of the profit and assuming none of the losses.
It’s very simple what happened. There was one bad night at the tables. We were playing poker and I got buried in a game and the games played big. That night I lost a million dollars. I met with Tobey about it and scratched out a deal that allowed me to keep playing. He didn’t pay the full million; he put up 600,000 of it. I would pay him 50% of my wins until he was paid back and then he’d also get 50% of my wins for a year after. He knew that long-term I was gonna win in that game cuz that’s what him and I did in that game – we won.
You gotta take the time to read the full article, you won’t be disappointed.