Major League Baseball is investigating New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for participating in illegal high-stakes poker games in Hollywood, Vegas and other places.
Radar Online first reported A-Rod’s participation in the gambling ring back on July 1st.
“I was surprised to see just how good a poker player Alex is,” Bilzerian, 27, reveals. In one game that took place in a private home approximately 18 months ago, “A-Rod won a bunch of money,” Bilzerian told Star.
Bilzerian also revealed how he played with Rodriguez at a high stakes game at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas several years ago and that he was a very accomplished player.
But it is A-Rod’s participation in illegal poker games that will raise red flags with MLB chiefs.
Star revealed that Rodriguez played in the illegal games run by hedge-fund manager Brad Ruderman along with a whole slew of A-listers.
“Initially, A-Rod came to the game and simply watched,” another source told Star.
“But once he knew what it was all about, he brought into the game. He played two or three times, I would estimate.”
MLB is reportedly taking the allegations seriously and a ban for A-Rod could be very possible according to ESPN:
Major League Baseball is taking “very seriously” the allegations that Alex Rodriguez took part in some illegal, underground poker games, one of which reportedly turned violent, and he could face suspension if his participation in the games is confirmed.
“We’re talking to people involved in the investigation and we’re taking this very seriously,” said an MLB executive who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on condition of anonymity. “Because he had been warned about this before, I would say a possible suspension would be very much in play.”
Several high profile Hollywood stars including Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire have also been tied to the illegal games.
Highly talented and widely loathed A-Rod is our generation’s Ty Cobb.
Instead of the ‘Georgia Peach’ maybe we can call Alex the ‘Miami Muffin’ or ‘Florida Fig.’