A-Rod Played In Illegal High Stakes Poker Ring, Says Magazine Of Dubious Credibility
Hopefully, you enjoy semi-scandalous stories about unlikable third basemen with your grains of salt.
Gossipy media outlet Star Magazine is reporting “exclusively” that Yankees third baseman and media whipping boy Alex Rodriguez participated in the illegal high stakes Hollywood poker ring that featured A-listers Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio. Allegedly.
According to the tabloid, A-Rod also played in another no-limit Texas Hold 'em game within the past two months — one that had a buy-in of $40,000.
Says poker player Adam Bilzerian, "I was surprised to see just how good a poker player Alex is," adding that in one game hosted at a private residence about 18 months ago, "A-Rod won a bunch of money."
"A bunch of money" to the rest of us, maybe, but for the highest-paid player in the game, we're willing to bet it just barely covered the cost of one night in Cabo.
A-Rod's longtime lawyer, Jay Reisinger, refused to comment on whether his client had ever played in, or attended, high stakes games.
California law prohibits participation in underground poker clubs for money, though the crime itself is rarely prosecuted.
However, as the magazine correctly points out, Rodriguez could potentially find himself in hot water with commissioner Bud Selig and the New York Yankees after he was reportedly cautioned in 2005 that playing poker could prove detrimental to his image.
If the story turns out to be false, well...so what? A-Rod played some poker. And if it's true, then, well it's just giving the media one more semi-scandalous-but-not-really reason to harp on A-Rod. *yawn*
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