The in­cred­i­ble REAL story of the world’’s most ex­clu­sive high-stakes poker ring!

National Enquirer - - REALLIFE -

THE movie ver­sion of a real-life high­stakes Hol­ly­wood poker ring told in the film “Molly’s Game” white­washed a shock­ing Tin­sel­town hus­tle that played both bil­lion­aires and su­per­stars for pat­sies!

In a bomb­shell world­wide ex­clu­sive, The Na­tional ENQUIRER has learned “Spi­der-Man” star Tobey Maguire was in­volved in a mas­sive rigged game that swin­dled mil­lions and ul­ti­mately crashed and burned after an FBI probe!

Shock­ingly, Maguire sucked three of his clos­est A-list pals — Matt Da­mon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Af­fleck — into his web with­out their knowl­edge, who were then robbed blind!

That’s the claim of Hous­ton Cur­tis, a TV pro­ducer and card shark who said he se­cretly forged an al­liance with

Maguire to dom­i­nate the ta­bles at their un­der­ground card games with “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom.

Cur­tis has writ­ten a tell-all claim­ing he helped cook up the poker game as a “pure money-mak­ing scam” from the very be­gin­ning — long be­fore busty brunette Bloom en­tered the pic­ture!

What’s more, we’ve ob­tained a se­ries of pho­tos of Cur­tis and Maguire show­ing their close friend­ship.

“Tobey and I made Molly rich beyond her wildest dreams,” Cur­tis wrote in “The Bil­lion Dol­lar Hol­ly­wood Heist: A Tale of Mon­u­men­tal Ex­cess, Sex, Greed, the A-list King­pin & the Shake­down That Brought Down Tin­sel­town.”

“How did she thank us for it? We were the first two names she gave to the FBI when she struck a deal to save her own ass from the feds.”

Bloom — played by ac­tress Jes­sica Chas­tain in the Os­carnom­i­nated 2017 film — was even­tu­ally busted as part of a $100 mil­lion money laun­der­ing and il­le­gal sports gam­bling op­er­a­tion in New York City. The movie “Molly’s Game” was adapted from a mem­oir writ­ten by Bloom, who had been a promis­ing com­pet­i­tive skier be­fore re­tir­ing


from the sport.

A Colorado na­tive, she re­lo­cated to Los An­ge­les and be­gan host­ing un­li­censed no-limit Texas hold ’em poker games with a $100,000 buyin that Maguire and Cur­tis helped set up.

“Bloom be­came noth­ing more than a pawn for oth­ers to rake in mil­lions from un­sus­pect­ing suck­ers they lured into their col­lec­tive web,” a source who played in the game told The ENQUIRER. In one ex­cerpt from his tel­lall ob­tained ex­clu­sively by The ENQUIRER, Cur­tis ex­plained the su­per select poker club used se­cret pass­words to play at celeb-friendly venues like the Four Sea­sons, The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel and the no­to­ri­ous Viper Room on Sun­set Boule­vard.

“Right out of the gate, the en­tire game was de­signed to empty the pock­ets of the unini­ti­ated, the celeb-lov­ing, rich Los An­ge­les suck­ers,” Cur­tis wrote.

“Mil­lion­aire trust-fund types and heirs to off­shore for­tunes. Guys who’d made a killing on Wall Street, or in tech star­tups, or on the in­ter­net, or by luck­ing out on the back of some­one else’s ta­lent.

“In short, men with more money than they knew what to do with. Men who weren’t nec­es­sar­ily very good at poker — but who wouldn’t mind writ­ing a six-fig­ure check ev­ery now and then for the thrill of get­ting to sit next to some gen­uine Hol­ly­wood big shots.”

In­cred­i­bly, the whole scam came crash­ing down when one gam­bler’s los­ing hand trig­gered a mon­ster law­suit! The gov­ern­ment caught wind of the game while look­ing into the fi­nances of Bev­erly Hills hedge fund man­ager Brad Ru­d­er­man, former CEO of Ru­d­er­man Cap­i­tal Part­ners. Ru­d­er­man, who was re­cently re­leased from jail, bilked in­vestors out of $25 mil­lion — which he dipped into to set­tle debts run up at Bloom’s poker ta­ble from 2006 to 2009. Maguire — who starred in three “Spi­der-Man” films be­tween 2002 and 2007 — was sub­se­quently sued for $311,300 in a bid to re­claim some of the funds.

But Cur­tis claimed be­fore that hap­pened, he and Maguire paid “ridicu­lous amounts of money” in tips to Bloom so she would “pre­tend the game was hers!”

In his most stag­ger­ing rev­e­la­tion, Cur­tis has di­vulged he led a se­cret dou­ble life as a highly skilled card me­chanic — and de­lib­er­ately rigged the game he or­ga­nized with Maguire!

“Even though we had a shuf­fle mas­ter and a ded­i­cated dealer, I knew I would still be able to use my card me­chan­ics through­out the course of any given night,” Cur­tis wrote in his book, which is be­ing shopped to pub­lish­ers.

“There’d al­ways be a lit­tle side ac­tion go­ing on, and so, for ex­am­ple, if any­one ever wanted to gam­ble to see who could cut the high­est card, it was child’s play to me to make sure I was a guar­an­teed win­ner ev­ery time.”

Maguire, 43, was not aware of Cur­tis’ card-rig­ging abil­i­ties nor was he com­plicit in any scheme, The ENQUIRER has been told.

“He helped me cover a mil­lion-dol­lar loss, but I was

Tobey and fel­low card shark Hous­ton Cur­tis

Con­tin­ued on page 22 ENQUIRER SPE­CIAL IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

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