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Judge says High-Stakes Poker Debt Case Between WSOP Players Can Proceed

Tags: Leon Tsoukernik, Matt Kirk.
Posted on 18 October 2017 by "T".

On October 16 Monday, a Nevada judge said that a lawsuit filed by high-stakes Australian poker player Matt Kirk versus Czech casino owner Leon Tsoukernik can proceed.

The local judge states that the $2 million debt is unenforceable; however, if he can somehow prove that Tsoukernik never intended to pay back the money, Kirk could be entitled to receive compensation for the damages.

If his lawyers can show to the court "fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment" that transpired on the May 27 game at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Kirk would be entitled to get back the money. It isn't clearly stated if alcohol was involved.

According to the lawsuit that Kirk filed in June during the yearly World Series of Poker events, Tsoukernik apparently lost $3 million to Kirk in a matter only an hour of heads-up play. Kirk claims that Tsoukernik paid back only $1 million.

There were 10 claims from the lawsuit, but the judge only acknowledged two of them and threw out the rest, leaving the two claims of fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment. Kirk's lawyers describe the instances when Kirk slid chips across the felt to Tsoukernik as ‘business loans'.

As stated in the lawsuit, Tsoukernik paid back $1 million after cashing in for $1.8 million in a tournament a few days after their late-night high-stakes poker game. Also, the suit claims that Tsoukernik asked to borrow money from Kirk even though he beat Kirk for $1.5 million the day before.

Tsoukernik owns the King's Casino located in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, which is going to be the home of the upcoming World Series of Poker Europe, scheduled to kick off October 19 Thursday and ends November 10.

Tsoukernik's poker room in King's Casino is considered one of the biggest in Europe.



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10 comments on "Judge says High-Stakes Poker Debt Case Between WSOP Players Can Proceed"

 cwdignus18/10/2017 14:33:02 GMT
these guys really have a lot of money to play HU.
 pochui18/10/2017 17:06:52 GMT
yeah quite a heads up match when you lose 3 millions of dollaros in only one hour! fcuk yeah when you play in such style it really doesn't matter what you own or how famous you are- you can lose everything very quickly.
 Mober18/10/2017 20:54:05 GMT
That case up again.
The case still holds somehow, since the judge didnt dismiss it completely,
but it looks it will be a difficult one to win.
Either getting his money back or not, i believe he has learned a lesson from all this.

After this story is on and going i wonder how thy picked his casino to host the
WSOP Europe...
 Tony_MON7ANA18/10/2017 22:41:23 GMT
Arguments in a court room must be based on the evidence. Have both plaintiff and defendant shown solid and substantial evidence to the court? Was there any written agreement between both parties?
 doubletop77719/10/2017 09:03:00 GMT
It is going to be very difficult for this guy to get all his money in my opinion. Proving that he had no intention of paying the money back is going to be very challenging. I hope he does get it all back though
 CALICUL19/10/2017 11:41:32 GMT
I read another thread here in The BankrollMob about this casino owner Leon Tsoukernik with refusal to pay money for Matt Kirk. I do not understand one thing how to accept such games on debt even if some people guarantee and pay. There is the bad part that some players do not want to pay anymore. They should be forbidden for their life to play on debt.
 damosk19/10/2017 12:11:32 GMT
Wow...... to be in such a position of being able to consume a debt of two million dollaroes is just almost unimaginable. I will be interested to see what the outcome of this matter is given the judge reckons it's an unenforceable debt! There will be some interesting legal and factual arguments going down in this one.
 Gerimantas19/10/2017 20:06:39 GMT
Yes this is strange situation and also like dome people say this is very serious money, to play from such amounts that you can lose 3 millions of dollars in only 10 minutes it is just super big money and they play headsup poker. Interesting to see what the decision from mudge will be
 Mober22/10/2017 22:44:01 GMT
It wont be easy to win the case. And if he lost the case, then he will have more
expenses on top of it.
The lawyer in this case must be getting paid lots of money.
But for 2 millions, it sure worth they try, to get it back.
 CALICUL23/10/2017 17:01:44 GMT
Posted by Mober:
It wont be easy to win the case. And if he lost the case, then he will have more
expenses on top of it.
The lawyer in this case must be getting paid lots of money.
But for 2 millions, it sure worth they try, to get it back.

If they were witnesses to that game has all the chances of winning the process and this leon tsoukernik must to pay. The men who did not receive the money Matt Kirk he trust to play on debt he believed he was a trustworthy man who would pay. It was not like that but i hope he will win the case and receive the money.

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