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'Hangover 2' Star

I Ain't Giving Back

Poker Winnings

6/22/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Hangover 2" star Nick Cassavetes says he ain't returning a single cent of the $73,000 he allegedly won from a convicted Ponzi-schemer during several celebrity-filled poker matches.

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Cassavetes' lawyer is firing back against allegations the actor "improperly received funds" during the high-stakes poker games involving crooked hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman -- who's now serving time in prison.

According to his lawyer, Nick will fight any efforts to recover the $73k from him -- because he feels he won it fair and square.

As we previously reported, several celebrities including Tobey Maguire and Paris Hilton's sex tape partner Rick Salomon are being sued for the same reason -- as trustees in Ruderman's bankruptcy case scramble to recover the con man's money ... to repay his victim's.

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1.

D    

I wouldn't either!

1219 days ago
2.

HangoverPictures.com    

Not his fault the guy he was playing poke against is a crook

1219 days ago
3.

JustaGuy    

This guy is an idiot.
The money wasn't Ruderman's to play with.


Case in point. Years and years ago my dad bought a used car.
Turns out it was stolen. Spent like 20grand on it.
MONTHS later who shows up at our front door?
The FBI coming to reprocess the vehicle.

In the end, who lost out? My dad lost 20grand.

1219 days ago
4.

Serg    

Classy guy

1219 days ago
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Hugh Jass    

Buena Suerte,celebrity dudes, but the US Trustee in Bankruptcy will win here, methinks...

Gambling debts aren't enforceable except in those states where there are casinos everywhere(meaning places like NV and NJ, and not meaning CA where casinos operate on Indian Reserves and under Federal Laws). This means the Trustee can set aside the so called gambling "debts" and get all the money back. The Trustee does not have "unclean hands" coming into court, even if Ruderman does...

Pay up, suckers!

1219 days ago
6.

Chuck    

This dude directed The Notebook ...

1219 days ago
7.

Chuck    

Also, he's the son of Gena Rowlands ...

1219 days ago
8.

Fan    

The IRS annual gifting limit is $13,000, from anyone to anyone. Beyond the $13,000, taxes are owed. I say the poker players are good to go if they pay the taxes on amounts beyond $13,000.

I wouldn't give it back either, mostly since it would already be spent.

1219 days ago
9.

Physical Graffiti    

Yep, be sure to report that money on your tax return!!

1219 days ago
10.

USArmy    

No way he should return the money. Had he lost any money no one would be coming forward to give him money back.

1219 days ago
11.

Hugh Jass    

Good Luck, so to speak...
Gambling Debts aren't enforceable except in NV and mebbe NJ (the places where casinos exist), so the Almighty Bankruptcy Trustee can set aside the payment and recover the monies won/paid, etc., so it's "tough tacos" to these high-stakes-celebrity-poker-players!

oh, snap! I might be FIRST!

1219 days ago
12.

iqb    

Why should he give it back? He won it fair and square. He didnt know where the money came from.

1219 days ago
13.

get a life ho    

These guys are morons to illegally gamble and then take a check for their winnings !!! Idiots !!!

Hello .,.,.,

Next time only cash .,,..,,,,.,.ya think ?

1219 days ago
14.

JustaGuy    

IQB, so say I stole $1000 dollars from you.
I then decided to take that $1000 and give it to a friend of mine.

I am now 100% broke.

You want your money back right?

You don't think it's ok for you to go after the friend who has it?

Think boy think!

1219 days ago
15.

en Todo Momento!!    

snitch solomon!! lol!!

1219 days ago
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