New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez has been added to the list of Hollywood A-listers for allegedly participating in an illegal poker gambling ring. Rodriguez is being accused of meeting with Hollywood heavyweights such as Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio in invitation-only games where the buy-in was $100,000. The reports have raised an alarm with MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who is reportedly “keeping an eye” on A-Rod.
Cameron Diaz’s boyfriend reportedly played in a no-limit Texas Hold’em game as recently as two months ago. The buy-in, according to the RadarOnline, was $40,000, which has caught the attention of Patrick Courtney, MLB Senior Vice President of Public Relations. Courtney told the website that it was the first the MLB has heard about the game and the organization will look into it.
This isn’t the baseball player’s first run-in with illegal poker games. In 2005, A-Rod was cautioned after he attended games at an underground Manhattan club with Phil Hellmuth, a professional card player. If convicted, A-Rod will be forced to pay back any and all winnings received from said games since California law forbids unlicensed gambling.