Major League Baseball is investigating player Alex Rodriguez's participation in an illegal poker ring in Hollywood, Radar Online reports. The Yankee slugger allegedly played in a no-limit Texas Hold'em game as recently as two months ago with a buy in of $40,000.
"This is the first we have heard about this and we will look into it," says Patrick Courtney, MLB senior vice president of public relations.
Rodriguez was previously warned back in 2005 after he was found hanging around underground clubs in Manhattan with professional poker player and friend Phil Hellmuth. Now, poker player Adam Bilzerian and other sources say they saw Rodriguez playing poker in the California ring.
"I was surprised to see just how good a poker player Alex is," Bilzerian says adding that "A-Rod won a bunch of money" at a game at a private home 18 months ago.
Under California law, it's illegal to gamble in underground poker rings, but it's a crime that's rarely punished. Red flags were raised after hedge-fund Brad Ruderman was arrested for using investors' money to run a Ponzi scheme and fund his gambling habit. Rodriguez could face a fine from the MLB.
Other celebs caught in the ring include actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire, who is now being sued by the trustee of a hedge fund.
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