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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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16.

Puckett    

"because he feels he won it fair and square."

The Dumbass just doesn't get it. He was paid with stolen trust fund money. Not to mention he "won it fair and square" during an illegal poker match...

"CALIFORNIA

Chapter 5 is the Gambling Control Act. Section 19801 (a) states: "Gambling can become addictive and is not an activity to be promoted or legitimized as entertainment for children and families." The Act says that permissible gambling is that gambling deemed by the state to not be endangering of public health, safety, or welfare. All gambling must be pre-approved by the state through government licensing. This includes home poker games. One reason I think California may be so strict on home gambling is that because they have an abundance of legal gambling facilities (tons of poker rooms) so the strict laws on illegal gambling are based on the assumption that there won't be much "underground demand" for gambling since the state of California supplies a healthy dose of legal facilities to gamble in. This is just my opinion. "

1136 days ago
17.

ditsey    

u know i am ! who enjoys poker myself but theres lines not 2 cross like these childern icons... y illegely gamble in a home go to a casino @ a indian reserve rent the poker rm $ u guys only and u wouldnt b so screwed facing lots of jail time & fines... u guys have many kids, teens, young adults & elders who look up 2 u show the write way not whats "COOL"

1136 days ago
18.

HOOV    

that's how they are going to bust these celebs....
find out if they paid the taxes, if if they didnt they will be given an ultimatum, pay the money back or go to prison for not paying the taxes

1136 days ago
19.

magnut    

"...to repay his victim's."

VICTIMS! NO APOSTROPHE! WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE HAVE A PROOFREADER WHO'S NOT ILLITERATE?

So unnecessarily dumb.

1136 days ago
20.

Abe    

Hey, Nick, did you report that $73,000 on your Federal income tax return?

Yoo hoo! IRS! Over here! You need to check out Nick Cassavetes' tax returns to see if he included $73,000 of gambling winnings.

Take care, Nick.

x

1136 days ago
21.

en Todo Momento!!    

@JustaGuy:

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dumba.0s.s. duh, YOUR moron ass is gonna have to come up with that 1 grand, not your 'friend' retard. who stole the cash? you, or your friend, idiot.

1136 days ago
22.

JustaGuy    

Todo, I'm BROKE remember?

Try reading next time. It's really an easy concept.

1136 days ago
23.

Nostradamus    

Abe, not if he lost it at another poker session. Gambling taxes are annually determined. What a gambler owes the IRS depends on how much he won that year.

1136 days ago
24.

Abe    

Hey Nostradamus. He would still have to report it on the front of his Form 1040, then made appropriate itemized deductions not subject to the 2% limitation on Schedule A.

And gambling winnings have to go on a personal return, not a corporate return. If there's no reporting of the $73,000 in winnings, he's cooked!

x

1136 days ago
25.

Abe    

Hey Nostradamus. He would still have to report it on the front of his Form 1040, then made appropriate itemized deductions not subject to the 2% limitation on Schedule A.

And gambling winnings have to go on a personal return, not a corporate return. If there's no reporting of the $73,000 in winnings, he's cooked!

x

1136 days ago
26.

Truth    

OF COURSE HE CANT GIVE IT BACK... DOUCHE ACTOR HAS SPENT IT ALREADY. CANT GIVE BACK WHAT YOU DONT HAVE, RIGHT??? EXACTLY...

1136 days ago
27.

en Todo Momento!!    

@ Justa****...


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duh, i can read incest bred child. you gonna be broke for the rest of your life? then better start lookin for a bench to sleep on, and the world will surely leave you alone for the cash. other than that, if you are broke, then something's gonna be able to bleed some cash out of you.

1136 days ago
28.

Nostradamus    

Abe- form W-2G is used for gambling winnings. Are you familiar with it?

1136 days ago
29.

Ziggy    

I think it's daft of them to go after the money. He won it fairly, it should be his. As far as the IRS is concerned, if they want people to declare poker winnings, they they should allow people to declare poker losses as a tax write off.

1136 days ago
30.

Lynn    

If Ruderman is in Prison where are the personal belongings that he ac***ulated before having been caught? In my opinion they should have been seized, sold off, and the money divided equally among the people he screwed. My other thought on this topic is Nick Cassavetes you're a jackass.

1136 days ago
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