Tobey Maguire, one of Hollywood’s top acting talents, was publicly lambasted recently by self-proclaimed “Poker Princess”, Molly Bloom, after their high stakes poker relationship went sour.Â Following her arrest for organizing some of Hollywood’s richest home games, Bloom launched a scathing attack on Maguire, who she claims is far removed from the mild-mannered hero we see onscreen.
Thanks to a series of extracts from her new book, Molly’s Game:Â From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker, being published in Vanity Fair, Maguire is now battling a wave of negative press for his exploits at the poker table. The story of Bloom and Maguire’s fractious relationship started when the former gave the Hollywood star a seat in a series of lucrative private poker games.
Featuring a host of wealthy celebrities, including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the games became infamous in Hollywood as “the” place to play if you hand a penchant for high stakes gambling.Â Indeed, as well as celebrities, Bloom’s network of clients featured a host of well-bankrolled amateurs and professional players who were more than willing to take shot against Hollywood’s elite.
However, despite the game’s running for a number of years, the operation was abruptly shut down after US authorities found the people in charge of the action (not Bloom herself) had links to organized crime. As accusations of money laundering, illegal gambling and extortion began to surface, a number of players were publicly named and subject to legal repercussions.Â Among those in the legal firing line was Bloom, but after agreeing to give up certain information she escaped serious prosecution.
However, with the lid lifted and the network beginning to unravel, Bloom spotted a chance to make a profit.
Thanks to the plethora of Hollywood stars, big name art dealers (namely Helly Nahmad) and poker pros caught up in the scandal, HarperCollins decided to commission the poker vixen’s tell all account of what really happened on the underground circuit
With the book set for release at the end of June, a series of promotional extracts have found their way into Vanity Fair. Focusing specifically on Maguire and his poker face, the extracts paint a picture of a ruthless grinder with an unpleasant streak. Although Bloom freely admits that Maguire was one of the best players in the game and a huge long-term winner, her views on his table manner are less than complimentary.
Indeed, according to Bloom he was “terrible tipper” who asked her to “bark like a seal who wants fish” for $1,000. The odd request was initially thought to be a joke, but when pressed on the matter Bloom explains that Maguire stated he was “not joking”.Â Bloom also points out that Maguire forced her to hire his Shuffle Master machine for $200 per night before he’d play in the high-stakes home games.
At present, Maguire has remained tight-lipped about his time in Hollywood’s high-stakes home games.Â While that’s not to say Bloom’s stories don’t have their merit, it’s likely a lot of bad feelings that have surfaced after the game’s demise left everyone involved with a sour taste in their mouths.