Leon Tsoukernik Wants $10 Million for the Destroyed Business Reputation
It turns out that card debt in sky-limit poker is not so simple. This summer the community heard about resonant accusations towards the owner of King’s Casino and since then litigation has begun.
Professional poker player Matt Kirk accused Leon Tsoukernik of not paying the $2,000,000 card debt that was lost in an expensive game at Aria. Kirk and Tsoukernik played heads-up with cosmic stakes and Leon Tsoukernik get outplayed losing three million dollars in about an hour and a half. Later, he paid Matt only $1,000,000.
Matt Kirk hired the best lawyers in Las Vegas to get what he earned, but even David Chesnoff never got the right verdict. According to the judge, who delivered a judgment in favor of Tsoukernik, it was card debt without legal force. However, he advised the injured party to file a second lawsuit with regard to the fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment case.
While Kirk came to his senses, a counterclaim was filed by the owner of one of the largest casinos in Europe, where the WSOP Europe has been taking place. First, Tsoukernik claims that he was substituted and the casino Aria played a significant role in this.
Tsoukernik’s lawyers claim that their client was given a large volume of alcohol drinks which was enough for intoxication and weakening prompting him to play for large amounts.
Leon Tsoukernik said he was so drunk and tired that he asked the opponent and the dealer to help him count the chips. Also, he was misjudging the strength of his hand for several times in the course of heads-up. The match took place in the time interval from 4 to 6 a. m. Kirk was aware of his opponent’s condition but still continued the game.
Tsoukernik’s defense also stated that he did not know that the opponent was playing with the backers’ help. Supposedly, Kirk did not have the finance for such an expensive game against Leon Tsoukernik and agreed to get $1,000,000 from him and make it right, but then changed his mind which caused serious damage to Leon Tsoukernik’s business reputation. Allegedly many poker players have refused to come to the WSOPE and other events. The casino owner estimates moral damage and financial losses of $10,000,000.
A separate lawsuit will also be received by the Aria casino which not only permeated him, but also did not help the drunk Leon Tsoukernik to leave the poker room and cease losing. According to him, everything was just the opposite – he was invited to continue playing. Unfortunately, the claimed amount is not specified.
Interestingly, this August the Chinese professor Elton Tsang also accused Leon Zuckernik of not paying a card debt of €2,000,000. To his regret, the chances of getting the money through the court were zero, since the game had taken place in Barcelona, where gambling debts do not have legal force.