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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celeb-poker promoter roughed up by 'thugs' fearful she was blabbing to feds

A sexy Manhattan poker princess who attracts A-listers like Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire to the high-stakes West Coast card games she runs found a far less glamorous -- in fact, downright dangerous -- crowd drawn to her tables in the Big Apple.
Stunning brunette Molly Bloom was forced to flee her Upper West Side apartment for the West Coast after two "thugs" roughed her up for fear she was blabbing to the feds, sources told The Post.
Bloom, a defendant in a bankruptcy lawsuit that has rocked LA's celebrity card-playing world, also faces a $116,133 federal-tax lien for failure to pay taxes while living in New York.
"I don't know if she's permanently left New York, I just know that she's [no longer] involved in any poker," said Bloom's Beverly Hills lawyer, Ronald Richards. "It became more trouble than it's worth."
Bloom, 33, moved to Manhattan in 2009 and began hosting games that drew Wall Street-types and others whose income was less obvious.
Last fall, Richards said, two Eastern European "thugs" tried to "get some money from her . . . They pushed her around a little bit" after getting up to the door of her pricey Upper West Side apartment.
But sources said Bloom was targeted because her assailants believed she was talking to New York-based federal authorities.


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