|Spiderman star Tobey Maguire has won $95,480 and his first major Poker tournament at Phil Hellmuth’s Poker Invitational at the Hollywood Park Casino.
The $2,000 buy-in event lasted 13 hours on October 27, 2004 and was part of the casino's eight annual National Championship of Poker tournament.
The actor outlasted a field of 123 players, with a prize pool of $246,000, including Danny Masterson of That ‘70s Show. Other players that placed in the tournament include Reza Payvar, Marcel Sabag, Glenn Cozen, George Yutuc, Alex Papachatzakis, Lang Lee, Lance Allred and Stan Goldstein.
Phil Hellmuth predicted that based on Maguire’s win, he will become one of the better poker stars.
The Phil Hellmuth Invitation tournament was the eighth of 12 tournament events held during the National Championship of Poker at Hollywood Park Casino. The tournament draws players from across the nation and has an estimated $1 million in prize pool money up for grabs.
Phil Hellmuth had his first win in 1989 at age 24, and became the youngest WSOP champ ever. Distinguished by his undeniable charisma and attitude, he now holds a record nine WSOP wins and tops the WSOP money list with over $3.5 million in earnings, making him one of the highest profile poker players in the world. Hellmuth has also scored winning hands as featured guest and commentator on most of ESPN's poker programs, a columnist for Card Player Magazine and a regular on television's #1 rated poker program, The World Poker Tour.