Leon Tsoukernik Sued for Alleged S2million Unpaid Loan7 months ago
In the often wild and woolly world of high-stakes poker, they don’t come much bigger than Czech casino mogul Leon Tsoukernik, the multi-millionaire entrepreneur and businessman recently opening his Kings Room for the WSOP and scooping $1.8 million for his 4th spot in the Super High Roller Bowl. This week, however, has been less pleasant, with Australian pro Matt Kirk suing Leon for $2million in alleged unpaid gambling debts.
Kirk claims that he loaned Tsoukernik $3million during a high-stakes cash game in May of this year, alleging that only $1million of has being returned - his legal team even denoting the specific times at which cash or chips changed hands. The Australian had lost $1.5million the previous day to Tsoukernik and claims he paid his debt in full in poker chips.
However, in the civil suit filed in Clark County, Nevada by Kirk’s attorney Richard A Schonfeld, he alleges that the owner of King’s Casino in Rozvadov reneged on the bulk of a series of loans he says he gave him ‘in the morning hours of May 27th’ in the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which is currently hosting the World Series of Poker.
The legal paperwork, which has been reproduced in full on the 2+2 poker forum, records 10 counts for which Kirk is seeking redress, including ‘breach of contract’ for each loan as well as ‘fraudulent inducement’ and ‘unjust enrichment'.
Tsoukernik for his part has stated through his lawyers that:
“He has a lot of respect for the American legal system and a lot of confidence that justice will prevail”, and plans to return soon to Las Vegas for several more big WSOP events.
Kirk claims that he recorded each loan via SMS to Tsoukernik; $500,000 at 4:34am, $500,000 at 5:07am, $1million at 5:22am and finally another $1million at 5:46am – also claiming that there is video evidence from the Aria’s security cameras which backs up his case. According to the filings, $1million of the debt was paid back on the 3rd June.
A spokesman for Leon Tsoukernik said today:
"While Leon will not comment on the specific issues raised in this thread because there is an ongoing litigation where he is represented by counsel, he would like to ensure everyone that he will provide a detailed explanation of this dispute upon its final determination."
"Leon is not currently in the United States due to business obligations but is looking forward to returning to Las Vegas on July 1st in order to play in the Poker Players Championship, followed by the Main Event."
The statement ends:
"He has a lot of respect for the American legal system and a lot of confidence that justice will prevail. He would like to thank those who are familiar with the facts and circumstances for their strong support."
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