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Tobey Maguire – Famous Gambler.

Among the legions of young Hollywood heart-throbs, Tobey Maguire has become something of a stand out ever since 2002’s Spiderman and its sequel in 2004, but it’s not only the young girls who have been watching his every move recently. As with Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Maguire has proved more than a little partial to a gamble over the years – particularly in the form of a poker tournament or cash game, where he can be found hiding under a cap or behind some dark shades and a beard.

The 30 year old star, who was born in Santa Monica and now resides in LA, started out with bit parts and commercials as a youngster, but without much success – roles were only a few lines, and projects that were successful didn’t work out for him, such as the underground hit Empire Records which he left due to personal problems.

It was the late nineties before things started to come right with roles in Deconstructing Harry and The Ice Storm in 1997, developing into a leading role in Pleasantville the next year opposite Reese Witherspoon. More success followed with The Cider House Rules (1999) and a lead role in the critically acclaimed Wonder Boys (2000) alongside Michael Douglas.

In May 2002 came his biggest breakthrough playing Spider-Man. The movie had phenomenal success breaking virtually every movie milestone, and grossing over $800 million worldwide. The success threw Maguire into the media spotlight as he travelled on a promotional tour around the world and over the summer of 2002 he started to tasted the bitter side of success thanks to the paparazzi. The 2004 sequel was a similar hit, and the third part of the franchise – Spiderman 3 – is currently filming and scheduled for a 2007 release, meaning his appeal is likely to remain for some time yet.

Outside of acting his interests include board games like backgammon and basketball where he plays on the NBA Entertainment league alongside Nick Cassavetes and Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s also a big music fan, citing Neil Young, Radiohead, The Beatles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Q-Tip, Busta Ryhmes and Lauren Hill as favourites.

But it seems that poker is the one outside interest that he has pursued with almost as much vigour and determination as acting. Alongside James Woods, Maguire is one of the most recognisable and regular faces to greet the tournament circuit and the casinos of LA and Las Vegas. Certainly the effort has not been without reward, as he has racked up lifetime tournament prize money of $173,254 to date, including an outright win in the $2,000 Phil Hellmuth Invitational for $95,480 and cashes at the WPT and WSOP.

Don’cha just hate the guy who has everything?
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