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Poker Star Phil Laak

Tax Man Calls His Bluff

Ante Up...Or Else

12/19/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Card shark Phil Laak -- who's made millions on the pro poker circuit -- just got dealt a lousy hand ... against an opponent who almost never loses-- the Tax Man ... TMZ has learned.

The Unabomber (it's because of his hoodies and sunglasses) was hit with liens for unpaid California taxes in 2010 and 2011 ... according to docs filed by the state tax board.

The docs show Laak owes a total of $24,874 in taxes for the 2 years  -- a pretty small stack for Laak, who's earned almost $3 million dollars on the tournament circuit ... including a $263K purse at the 2010 World Series of Poker in Europe.

Gotta know when to fold 'em.

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12 COMMENTS

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1.

Cool Papa    

Always wondered what was going to happen to these guys when the poker craze went bust. Now I know, they go the same way as Capone. Tax evasion.

279 days ago
2.

Yurra Knutz    

You owe us $24,874 because we say so.

279 days ago
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Frankenpussy    

"Card Sharp" not "Card Shark" Geez

279 days ago
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Gretel    

Considering the amount he owes against the amount of his winnings/earnings it sounds like his accountant made a mistake. Why do you always make it seem like people in his position sit down and do their taxes with pencil and paper like common folk? I'm sure he can afford to pay up. After that, he should seek out another CPA firm.

279 days ago
5.

Jack    

Jennifer Tilly's boyfriend or former. Get on it TMZ, which one is it.

278 days ago
6.

WME2KS    

Pay your taxes jack tax man will get you!!!!

278 days ago
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Ace    

Offer the IRS double or nothing. One spin on the Roulette wheel, red or black.

278 days ago
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jack    

I dont think he did it on purpose, that amount is way to small for him. he makes multiple amounts of that through investments and having a piece of antonio in the tournaments.

278 days ago
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marlena    

So you cant call a black person in a hoodie a "thug" but you can call a white dude in a hoodie the "Unabomber"!??! ?!?! WOW, such a double standard.

278 days ago
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Pico     

That's one pot in a cash game , the irs has no legal claim to our poker money anyways , those Clowns need to quit robbing us

224 days ago

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