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Toby Maguire and others sued over poker winnings

By Anthony Mccartney

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, June 22 2011 12:20 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES — "Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire and other celebrities have been caught in a web of lawsuits seeking to reclaim more than $4 million won during unlicensed poker matches at upscale Beverly Hills hotels.

The lawsuits were filed in March by a bankruptcy trustee attempting to recoup money for investors who were duped in a Ponzi scheme.

The lawsuits claim the clandestine Texas Hold 'em matches were played between 2006 and 2009, with some of the money taken in the Ponzi scheme used to pay off debts incurred in the games.

Maguire is being sued for $311,000 plus interest that the lawsuit says was won by the actor in the poker matches.

Attorney Robert Barta, who represents Maguire, did not immediately return a phone call.

The claims were first reported Wednesday by RadarOnline and Star Magazine.

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