Film Actor Tries To Dismiss Suit Over Illegal Poker

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Film actor Nick Cassavetes has reportedly filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges he ran multi-million dollar poker games illegally.

The suit, which was filed by bankruptcy trustees of Brad Ruderman alleges the former hedge fund investor lost millions of dollars of investor money at Cassavetes' poker games. Ruderman is currently in prison for running a ponzi scheme, and his trustees are trying to seize some of Cassavetes' winnings to pay off creditors.

Cassavetes, who has appeared in Face/Off and The Notebook is arguing that California Law only outlaws banking or percentage games like blackjack, roulette, hokey-pokey and others, but does not identify Texas Hold'em or other poker games in the law.

Other celebrities have been named as having participating in these high stakes games, including Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Gabe Kaplan.