Yankees Alex Rodriguez Dragged Into Ruderman Poker Scandal
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
Just in case you'd not gotten enough of the Brad Ruderman poker scandal, new news broke late last night as Star magazine's Dylan Howard states that eyewitnesses saw New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez playing in the games. This isn't the big news; in a twist worthy of Dickens, the magazine is now stating that cocaine was openly used and that A-Rod organized his own games, where "thugs" threatened players. This, naturally, has earned the attention of Major League Baseball investigators.
Rodriguez had been warned previously about playing in high-stakes poker games and while he's vigorously denied any of the allegations, former players in the ring say otherwise and have indicated they’re willing to provide testimony to MLB investigators. The insiders tell state that A-Rod gambled on at least two occasions, in games organized by Molly Bloom, who coordinated the sophisticated poker operation.
Poker pro Dan Bilzerian told the Star how Rodriguez's first attempt to play turned into a "fiasco" after a fight broke out between the record label manager whose home hosted the event and players to whom he owed money. Bilzerian said: "Molly ran one game at Cody’s mansion. [One player] got all coked up. Everyone had to chase Cody down for the money, and he later paid me a sum and gave me a watch but stiffed me for $100,000."
Bilzerian continued: "He didn’t want to deal with it at all. He was like, ‘OK, whatever. It’s your game.’ I would estimate A-Rod lost, like, a few thousand dollars that night. After everything that happened, he paid-up and left."
Molly Bloom also apparently bragged to friends about helping Alex Rodriguez put together a game in Miami with her regular poker dealer, Manny Lopez. That game ended with one player losing his shirt and inviting a couple of large thugs to come by and keep others from getting their share. After this, it appears that Rodriguez dropped out of the poker scene entirely, which may be for the best.
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