To be fair, the issue isn’t the poker game. This is about some idiot using his businesses $ to pay gambling debts. So he’s in jail. Now he’s suing the guys who he lost to! Only in America. Is John Edwards his lawyer?
To be more fair, it is about some idiot embezzling his client's funds to spend on his own lifestyle, in this case, a game of poker, which he is apparently not very good at.
Illegaly obtained cash (embezzled) used in an illegal poker game.
If the plaintiff can prove that the embezzled funds were used in this illegal poker game, he’ll win.
“Maguire won as much as $1 million a month over a period of three years, one source told Star, which is on newsstands Wednesday”.
The IRS is going to be very interested in this. They are only interested in the income from gambling. Not whether it is legal or illegal. They especially like “high profile” people to prosecute. They are looking at their tax returns as I type this, I’m sure.