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Gabe Kaplan

Giving Back SOME

Of His Poker Winnings

8/17/2011 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Welcome Back Kotter" star  Gabe Kaplan is forking over almost half his winnings from those Hollywood poker games involving a ponzi crook, Tobey Maguire,  and several other big name celebs.

Kaplan was one of the defendants in the lawsuits filed earlier this year ... by a bankruptcy trustee trying to recover cash convicted ponzi schemer Bradley Ruderman lost in the high-stakes poker tournaments.

According to court documents filed last week -- Kaplan won a total of $62,000 from Ruderman ... but as part of a settlement he's agreeing to return $27,900 to the trustee.

Tobey is fighting the lawsuit against him and has refused to hand over any of his winnings.

Kaplan's proposed settlement was submitted to the judge on Friday, but has not been approved yet.


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16.

Juan    

"from those Hollywood poker games involving a ponzi crook, Tobey Maguire, and several other big name celebs."

The way you illiterate dolts have that sentence structured makes it sound like Tobey Maguire IS the ponzi crook.

1132 days ago
17.

H.T    

This has to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen, are they going to sue the bathroom attendant next...to get tips back! I would not give back a dime, its nobodies fault that this man was a crook. Maybe now the next time people invest, they will make sure who they are dealing with!!!!!

1132 days ago
18.

really?    

So THAT'S why the earth stopped spinning for a second....a Jew is returning money? Too funny! (yea, you were all thinking the same thing)

1132 days ago
19.

HMD    

"The way you illiterate dolts have that sentence structured makes it sound like Tobey Maguire IS the ponzi crook."

A comma is a pause in the sentence. "a ponzi crook, (pause) Tobey Maguire" you guys go to school or were out in the smoking area with the burnouts?

1132 days ago
20.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

It's a sad day when people can sue to get back poker winnings. A bet's a bet, even grade schoolers know that.

1132 days ago
21.

GolfDaze    

Come on... Gabe. Don't give them a dime. If you lost would they give you any money back, I don't think so. You might have to start playing online in the USA on GambleNowOnline this site lets you play on any online Poker Room or Casino from within the USA. I'm sure if you win there you won't have to return the money.

1131 days ago
22.

rmatthews09    

geez! how come that there are issues like this in playing poker? i wonder at sports.williamhill.com or in online casino if there are issues like this as well.

1130 days ago
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