Tobey Maguire told poker hostess to ‘bark like a seal’ to earn a tip

Tobey Maguire

Molly Bloom is a former cocktail waitress who became poker hostess to the stars. She hosted exclusive, underground tourneys for Leo DiCaprio, Rick Salomon, Ben Affleck, and — the worst of all — Tobey Maguire. Sometimes even the Olsen twins attended! Molly became known as the “poker princess,” and she’s written Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.

We’ve heard about this poker ring before. Tobey Maguire was sued in 2011 by some of the guys who lost big bucks in these games. I’m always amused to hear these stories about Tobey’s past because he plays the family guy role in public. According to Molly, Tobey is sore loser who loves to humiliate women. Molly often hosted high-stakes ($50,000 minimum bet) games at Tobey’s mansion. We also hear more about Ben Affleck’s serious poker game. Molly also tells a weird story about Rick Salomon asking Ben Affleck about JLo’s booty. Most of this excerpt from Molly’s book is about super-douchey Tobey:

Molly’s philosophy: “You can tell a lot about a man’s character by watching him win or lose money. Money is the great equalizer.”

Ben Affleck only bought in for $50,000: He was “a smart player who liked to limit his downside.”

Rick Saloman, weirdo: Salomon was “crass and dirty, but . . .  still hot in a caveman kind of way.” He asked Affleck about Jennifer Lopez, “Hey, yo, did Jennifer’s ass have cellulite on it, or was it nice?” The table went silent. Ben looked at Rick. “It was nice.”

Tobey Maguire was a sore loser: “He was the worst tipper, the best player, and the absolute worst loser. I had to worry about my job security if he lost,” Bloom writes. Tobey went on to humiliate Bloom in front of the players, loudly offering her a thousand-dollar chip if she did “something to earn these thousand dollars. . . . Bark like a seal who wants a fish.” Bloom writes that she tried to laugh it off, but Tobey continued: “I’m not kidding. What’s wrong? You’re too rich now? You won’t bark for a thousand dollars? Wowwww. . . you must be really rich. . . . C’mon,” he said, holding the chip above my head. “BARK.” “No,” I said quietly. “No?” he asked. “Tobey,” I said, “I’m not going to bark like a seal. Keep your chip.’”

The fallout: “My face was on fire. I knew he would be angry, especially because he had now engaged the whole audience, and I wasn’t playing his game. I was embarrassed, but I was also angry. After all I had done to accommodate this guy, I was also shocked. I had made sure I ran every detail of every game by him, changed the stakes for him, structured tournaments around him, memorized every ingredient in every vegan dish in town for him. He had won millions and millions of dollars at my table, and I had catered to his every need along the way–and now he seemed to want to humiliate me. . . . He gave me an icy look, dropped the chip on the table, and tried to laugh it off, but he was visibly angry. When he left, the room was buzzing.”

Tobey’s grudge: “My tips that night reflected the enormous success of the game. I think I walked away with close to $50,000.” Tobey “began bringing up how much I was making even more frequently, not even trying to hide his dissatisfaction. “I think the game needs restructuring,” he said one night. “How so?” “Well, you make too much and it takes too long to get paid.’”I raised my eyebrows. In what other universe do you show up, play a game, win a million dollars, and get the check within a week? The only reason this game was still running was that I had searched far and wide to recruit new blood and maintain relationships so that Tobey could take their money. Now he had the balls to suggest that I figure out a way to cap my own salary.”

[From Vanity Fair]

Tobey sounds like a miserable person to deal with. He also sounds like he made a total ass of himself in front of all the poker players. We’d already heard that he hated to lose, but this stuff about Tobey trying to make Molly bark like a seal … that’s just awful. I wonder if he’s this way about everything or if gambling is what brings out the douche.

Tobey Maguire

Photos courtesy of WENN

 

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  1. Ag says:

    if this story is true, he is beyond pathetic.

  2. sure says:

    That’s Leo DiCatchaHo’s best friend.
    There’s a reason their little sexist group is called the P-ssy Posse.
    He obviously has a problem with independent women.

  3. Kiddo says:

    Tremendously disappointing, I used to like him. And what’s up with his face in the top photo? He looks like Glenn Quagmire with a beard. Giggity?

  4. Bridget says:

    Yep, I believe it. And what a piece of work – it certainly makes sense why Tobey rarely works anymore.

  5. Sayrah says:

    Wow! That is incredibly douchy!!

  6. Ollyholly says:

    I officially despise him. Awful person, horrible actor. Hope his career tanks.

  7. Tanguerita says:

    he always struck me as an asshole, so I’m not actually surprised.

    • Renee says:

      1) Love your name.
      2) I was just coming on here to write this. I have NEVER liked this guy. I always thought that he seemed like a douche. It just emanates from his pores…

      • Kimbob says:

        Same here, Renee. Years ago, when I found out he was a big gambler, that’s when I KNEW he had “the sleaze factor.” The gambling versus the “nice guy” image he projected…I knew there was a disconnect present. I just didn’t know how BIG a disconnect till now. Sorry to say, but anyone that is into gambling that much…is gross to me.

        I dare say no one’s going to find many people present at the gambling table that would be on the forefront for women’s rights, and generally forward thinkers. I ought to know…my ex-husband was a big-time gambler. I learned the HARD way, unfortunately.

        One last thought….look closely at the photos of Tobey in this thread. He doesn’t look like he’s much into personal hygiene. He LOOKS dirty! Nasty dude inside-out. That’s all I’ve got to say.

    • Vesta says:

      +1 I’m not surprised either. He’s a member of Leo’s d-bag club after all.

  8. Gine says:

    If this is true, then I feel validated, because I’ve always hated him for no real reason. Something about him just made my skin crawl.

  9. GIRLFACE says:

    ^This!!! He always gave me the creeps. What a douche. I don’t know why either but I’ve always gotten a King Joffrey vibe off him.

  10. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Tobey is an complete assswipe if this story is true. I would have gotten fired that day if I was that hostess, because I would have preached him a sermon!

  11. eliza says:

    Anyone who behaves like that during a poker game has that mindset away from the game. I doubt poker brings out the a-hole in him, I am sure he is that way all the time.

    Weren’t there rumblings in HWood that he was let go from the Spiderman franchise for being a jerk?

    I guess he thinks with Meyer money he can say or do anything and get away with it.

    • Bridget says:

      There were rumblings between Spiderman 1 and 2 about Tobey being replaced (Dunst was even pushing for her then-boyfriend Gylenhaal to take over) but I thought at the time it was blamed on an injury?

      • Mia4S says:

        As I recall @Briget the gossip about him being replaced was put off as being about an “injury” but most people suggested it had to do with trying to get more money. Bargaining tactic maybe. That is not unusual, but the fact that the studio was willing to let talk of a replacement get going makes me think they would not have been heartbroken to show him the door.

  12. Hannah says:

    How do we know her account is reliable?

  13. Tifygodess24 says:

    I can not stand when a person with money believes they are better than you because they are wealthy and you’re not. Since when does the amount in your pocket book decide your worth as a human being?! So many of these celebrities need to get a clue. Society allows this horrible behavior and it needs to change. I’m glad she told him no and kept her dignity and didn’t back down. Toby needs a good swift kick in the a$$! I guarantee this is how he always acts not just at the poker table.

  14. Jenns says:

    Can Leo’s group be a bigger bunch of d-bags?

  15. Talie says:

    James Franco suggested he wasn’t a good person when he was on Howard Stern awhile back. He didn’t commit to it because Tobey still has power, clearly, but he did hint.

  16. Kimmy says:

    Ok. Who is this Molly chick and how can I get her job?

    Tobey always did strike me as a d bag, as do most of the P$ssy P$sse. I will say one thing about Leo though….you never hear stories about him treating people badly. Even his cast off VS models…have any of them bad mouthed him??

    • Bridget says:

      That depends: do you consider treating women like disposable, interchangeable things to be treating someone badly? It also helps that he has people to do the dirty work for him.

      • Kimmy says:

        Oh I know! I see the womanizing ways in Leo, but I’m seriously just asking…….have there been any stories about him being rude or demanding or shitty in public? On the movie set? At night clubs? Maybe he does just have other people do it for him, but eventually that stuff would leak. He’s been around long enough.

      • Bridget says:

        I would consider his deep seated misogyny treating people badly.

      • Bridget says:

        And to further answer your question, DiCaprio is actually famous for keeping things Locked Down in his personal life, but occasionally pissy stories about him come out (I always loved the one about George Clooney playing basketball with him). If he wasn’t “Leonardo DiCaprio” we’d all just call him a douche and move on from him.

      • Isadora says:

        One of the vilest blind items I’ve ever read was about DiCaprio and Toni Garrn. As it was a BI of course nobody knows if it’s true but the gist was that he “rented” her out to some Russian billionaire when they stayed on his yacht – against Toni’s wishes.

        I don’t want to believe it, but if there is some truth to it, then he’s not a douche but something so much worse. On the other hand I can’t imagine an international supermodel like Toni Garrn to be such a doormat, although of course a lot of famous women have been in abusive relationships sadly.

    • minime says:

      I think Leo just keep his business locked in contracts, just like he learned with Clooney, that’s why we never heard any story, specially from his personal VS catalogue usage.

    • LAK says:

      Leo keeps his stuff locked down since a reporter wrote a hit piece on the p*ssy posse just after TITANIC. It was not pretty. I can’t remember if it was in NYMAG, but I recently found it again when I googled Leo.

      That’s how the world found out their own pet name for themselves. The reporter spent a week with them in NYC and said they were essentially court Jesters at the court of Leo who was the biggest DB of the lot.

    • lrm says:

      It’s called a disclosure statement. LOL. He has them sign contracts. I don’t even think he actually dates them. You see them riding bikes with lucas haas in tow for a minute in NYC. Or see him chatting them up at parties with hundreds of other people around. I’m sure they are lucrative contracts, too. Money talks. Also, child actors really don’t get a chance to normalize or mature developmentally-emotionally, psychologically or spiritually. If the predator rumors, re: many hollywood children, are true, that just adds to the mix. It’s like they are emotionally vacant sometimes-such as Toby M and Leo D seem to be-IMO.

      The thing I never understand about the child thing in Hwood is that the studios and directors etc need the kids in order to make money-I can seem that they might prey on some kids with parents who are absent or desparate for their kid to make it, but the kids would also seem to have some bargaining power. Or, I guess the competition is so fierce that they can just use their casting and financial power to pit the kids against each other, vying for roles.

  17. hmmm says:

    Misogynist. Misanthrope. Loathsome little lowlife. I hope karma has his number and topples him from his lifts. Permanently.

  18. itsetsyou says:

    Where is the truth on Leo? Tobey is an obvious douche.

  19. Skins says:

    What a Tool! So lucky to be where he is at. Any idiot could have played Spider-Man and made all that money. Go away you little runt

  20. BendyWindy says:

    I’ve never liked him. How would he feel if someday someone treated his daughter that way? Jerk.

  21. Chinoiserie says:

    He is terrible actor who ruined Great Gasby for me. He is not any better in other films either. The only thing I know about him is that he is a part of DiCaprios group. But this seems beliavable.

  22. Mia4S says:

    Holy Insecure Douche Batman!…I mean Spider-Man!

    He has money but he also married a woman from a family with a lot more money than him (studio exec’s daughter) and his career has kind of stalled. He doesn’t measure up in his age group of actors anymore. Somehow it all adds up if this is true.

  23. Marianne says:

    if the story is true, then good on her for NOT playing his little games. I wouldn’t have “barked like a seal” for a tip either.

  24. JuJuBee says:

    So has the IRS ever investigated this? I would think Tobey the Terrible would be on the hook for not paying taxes on gambling income. What an a**hole for treating anyone like that. Gross.

  25. Tiffany says:

    I remember when he had to do promotion for Spiderman. He did Ellen and it was like pulling teeth to get him to talk about anything and I mean anything. She is the fluffiest interviewer around. She had the stroke his ego and basically kiss his backside because he was brave to come and do her show as he is not a fan of promotion. Then there was Letterman who was not having it and this clown had the nerve to threatend not to return to his show. On the air. My mindset, you take a 20 million dollar check and are provided first class accommodations for interviews, you sit down for 15 minutes and answer questions about your freaking costume. Douche.

  26. Tippy says:

    He seems depraved. Those types of people seldom change for the better.

  27. FingerBinger says:

    It sounds like Tobey is a jerk. However, I don’t understand why she would expect a great tip from someone who is playing poker and losing.

  28. lucy2 says:

    I can’t stand people who treat others like that. If it’s true, he’s a total ass.

  29. Juliette says:

    Stories about Tobey being extremely cheap have been around for years and years.

    Sounds like the more he makes, the cheaper he gets.

  30. Nicolette says:

    So degrading women is his thing? I would have flat out told him what he could do with his poker chip, smiling all the while of course.

  31. Original Tessa says:

    I’m appalled. That’s the word I’m choosing. Tobey cannot be redeemed. He is a pig.

  32. TWINK says:

    Hot in a caveman kind of way! Lol I admit I do find Rick hot even though he is sleazy and douchey.

    • ann says:

      I’m surprised that everyone at the table didn’t burst out laughing after what Rick said to Ben about JLo. Jenny from the Block needs to be brought down a peg or two. Besides, in the gossip magazines, Ben apparently bought her a jewel-encrusted toilet seat said to have cost $105,000 when they were together. Tobey’s a jerk but Rick’s comments made me laugh.

  33. Rhiley says:

    I hate when men who behave like this are raising daughters. I totally believe this, although I have never heard anything negative about Tobey Macguire before. I never really liked him as an actor so I haven’t paid much attention to him. His acting seems to consist of having a kind of innocent, blank look and oddly pursing his lips in a defeated sort of way. If anyone has other scoop on this cad, do share.

  34. Dawn says:

    What a jerk. I’ve never like him and have always like Ben.

  35. Penelope says:

    Wow. What a complete jerk. Never knew that about him.

  36. I Choose Me says:

    Gosh he sounds like an absolute peach. And by peach, I mean turd.

    Glad she stood up for herself.

  37. Liz says:

    Ever since I read a story Lainey did on Leo and how he shut down Don’s Plum, I realized that his friend Tobey can be a much bigger ass. Tobey and Leo allowed a friend to make a movie with them in starring roles – largely improvised, it seems. Later, because Tobey didn’t like his role, he falsely accused, berated, and humiliated his “friend” in a meeting with the other actors. Tobey used his close friendship with Leo to get him to side with him. The details can be found on the smoking gun. Or can wiki Don’s Plums where there is a link to the court documents. On page 8 Tobey shows what an asshole he is. Tobey is a dick!

  38. Ginger says:

    This sounds like a good book. I may have to pick it up. I’m glad she stuck to her guns even if he was angry. I’m not terribly shocked since I live in Vegas where douchey gambling behavior is rampant. This just proves how this group are a bunch of sexist a holes. I believe every word of it.

  39. K-Rock says:

    This makes me sad and disgusted. I admit I had a crush on him, but now I just wanna crush his nuts in a vice! I’m glad she wrote this book and outed his douche-baggery! Good on her! There’s nothing less attractive than a sore loser who tries to humiliate women.

  40. Unsurprising says:

    He is disgusting, and married a spoiled brat with huge connections. This is who he is. This is what he is. It’s got f- all to do with gambling or losses. He f-ing hates women, and I am disgusted by any woman who is with him voluntarily or calls him a friend.

  41. TG says:

    Well add Tobey Douche McGuire to my blacklist as well. Will never support anything this short douche does again. Wonder how his wife can stand him. Doesn’t her daddy support them? Weird. She must be a princess like Tori, only more low-key, if she is married and reproducing with this brat. Isn’t she a “Jewelery designer”? We all know that is code for trustfund baby and just like all those starlets who wear Marchessa Jennifer wouldn’t be selling anything if it wasn’t for her daddy connections. I bet her parents can’t stand this freeloader Tobey.

    • kibbles says:

      I was curious so I looked up his wife Jennifer Meyer’s jewelry line. There is nothing special about this jewelry and it is grossly overpriced. You can find some of her stuff on shopbop and Barney’s website. Some of her jewelry costs hundreds to thousands of dollars. Most are simple pieces like a thin gold chain with hearts or stars. On her Facebook page there are photos of Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Roberts wearing her necklaces and earrings. Celebrities would not be wearing her jewelry if her father was not head of Universal Studios, period. Her designs look pretty much like anything you can find at a retail store’s jewelry counter at a fraction of the cost.

  42. Eileen says:

    Looks AND acts like a damn weasel

  43. db says:

    Meh. I’m not worried about Tobey. He’ll get old and sick and die some day. Probably alone.

  44. Annabelle says:

    That’s not nice at all if it’s true. I don’t get people who don’t tip.

  45. Princess says:

    That is seriously despicable behaviour. Toby is going on the blacklist!

  46. OTHER RENEE says:

    Something disgusting happens to men when they’re in a group. Especially if there’s a pretty girl around. They turn into turds.

  47. Miss Scarlet says:

    I’m appalled at people who grew up poor, made it big and then treat working people like trash. They can all go die in a fire.

    There’s no price on your personal dignity. I’m glad she didn’t do it.

  48. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    Is her name actually Molly Bloom? I read that book almost ten years ago and I’m still recovering.

  49. Lahdidahbaby says:

    Molly Bloom?
    Yes.
    Holy shite, is that your real name?
    Yes, I said, yes.
    Will you please tell Tobey he’s an arsehole next time you see him?
    Yes, I said, yes I will, yes.

  50. Amulla says:

    Tobey McGuire is a lousy actor, anyway. There are talented people in films, and non-talented ones. He is definitely on the “non talented” list.

  51. Izzy says:

    Considering who McGuire’s father-in-law is, it’s a pretty big F-U to him that Vanity Fair would run this. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy -the little pr!ck deserves the takedown.

    Here’s what I don’t get… From the excerpt, it seems like a lot of big names wanted in on the game. After the seal incident, why didn’t she just cut him out of the game? I’m sure there were other celebs who would’ve gladly taken his place, and if he tried to screw with the game or hostess in retaliation, he would’ve just pissed off a bunch of other powerful H’wood players.

  52. kristen says:

    I’m casting major side-eye on this woman’s account.

    Here’s why.

    In my first job out of college, I worked in close proximity with Tobey’s then girlfriend, now wife.

    I had a several encounters with Tobey, and he ALWAYS went out of his way to be nice. One time, we hosted a party at Ron Meyer(his father-in-law and CEO of Universal, I think)’s home. Tobey helped us load boxes, unload boxes, haul shit to our car, etc. Other celebs would act like the dickbags you expect, but Tobey always seemed cognizant of NOT wanting to play that card. I don’t know — I just don’t buy it. I mean, it’s possible, But I’m skeptical.

    • Amulla says:

      Just because someone is nice to YOU, doesn’t mean they are nice to everyone all the time. Also, some people can act differently when they are drunk or just in a certain mood. When I was in college, I knew a guy that I thought was pretty nice, but it turns out he had raped several women on campus. Other women would say “oh I don’t believe that, I went out with him and he didn’t rape me”. Just because he didn’t rape EVERY one he went out with, doesn’t mean he didn’t rape SOME of them. Turns out he really was a rapist and also got busted for drug dealing as well during college.

    • TG says:

      Well Tobey would want to impress his rich and well-connected father-in-law so any good behaviour done around the Money doesn’t count. How you behave when “it doesn’t count” shows your true character.

  53. lily says:

    I’m buying what she is saying. To top it all off he has to do the “I am going to put my hand on this chicks ass and have a stupid I’m not doing anything look on my face while we get our picture taken” to Carey Mulligan.

  54. Kate2 says:

    I knew Leo had a group he was a part of but I didn’t realize what a bunch of douchebags they were, assuming this is all true. If she doesn’t get sued we’ll have our answer.

    I hadn’t heard a thing about McGuire though, I always thought he was harmless. If this is true then this lady handled herself with a lot of class. Good for her in the face of what was obviously embarrassing for her.

  55. raincoaster says:

    Tobey sounds like he’s confused about which of them is the meat puppet.

  56. Jenny12 says:

    I don’t want to believe this, but it has the ring of truth. When you are catered to and spoiled, your brain goes soft. And he has a daughter? What a tool.

  57. nic says:

    This is just her side of the story. Maybe he was hurt whe he realised she was a sycophant and wanted to make her feel bad about it.

  58. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    He’s about as appealing as non-fresh bacon grease.

  59. Jayna says:

    Well, Toby sounds like a jerk. Ben actually comes off sounding like a smart player. For people calling him a gambling addict, maybe they are wrong. Maybe he is just a very good, smart player, who allots himself so much, and enjoys the game of cards. Are all gamblers addicts? Then what are professional poker players, etc., called? After reading her description of Ben, maybe he’s just a guy who likes the game of cards and is strategic about when and how much he is willing to bet.

    • lisa2 says:

      Just because you’re a smart gambler doesn’t negate the fact that you could have a problem with it. All gamblers that are addicted are not all losers at the table. Ben obviously spends a lot of time thinking about this activity. Planning and figuring things out. That is a lot of energy to put into something that is just a pass time activity. Especially considering he has had some addition problems in the past.

  60. Shelley says:

    I believe that he did this. There is just something gross about him. I liked him when I first saw Cider House Rules years ago, but then over the years he just became creepy to me, I don’t know why. My husband has never liked him and groans if he’s in a movie we’re watching. I can actually see and hear Tobey doing this to this woman. He just gives off a petty, sleazy, beady-eyed vibe.

  61. Pert says:

    Tobey grew up as poor white trash. Tobey is new money, and the nouveau riche are known to talk down and patronize people. If you were born with little financial means, you often dream of the day when you have money but you were not raised with proper manners for those conditions. If you are a true blue blood or old money, your parents demand that you treat everyone with respect, from the strung out Baltimore heroin addict to the president. Trash Bag Tobey.

  62. G00p says:

    All celebrities are horrible people. I’m sorry, I know it hurts but becoming a celebrity turns a person awful, even if they weren’t entirely awful before. All. Celebrities. Are. Horrible. People.

  63. Soy says:

    They’re “publicly rich and so everyone probably expects them to pay, so I don’t blame them for counting the dollars. I know Madonna clips coupons and is super careful with her money. Too many freeriders. Still, both he and his wife (Meyers is the daughter of a major studio exec) must be totally loaded.
    Tobey Maguire sounds awful. I never liked his acting anyway. He does the same kind of wide-eyed thing in every single film and picks really boring films, including Gatsby and Brothers. He gets typecast as the pure boy next door type but doesn’t this story tell you how far from the truth that is? Maybe he’s a good actor then, but I still don’t like his monotone screen presence.