Owner of Kings Casino, Leon Tsoukernik, Subpoenaed

All hell broke lose on the 2+2 forum on Friday when images of legal paperwork showing Australian high stakes pro Matthew Kirk is suing Leon Tsoukernik over an unpaid debt to of $2 million.

The papers show high profile Las Vegas Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld acting on behalf of Aussie Matt in a bid to get the debt paid.

Apparently the debt comes from a late night high stakes heads-up cash game at the Aria in the early hours of May 27 — with Tsourkernik allegedly funding his game with repeated loans from Kirk.

You can read an in-depth account of what went down over on highstakesdb.

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Jason Les Discusses The Pressure of Playing AI Poker Bot Liberatus

Thanks to Card Player for bringing us this interview with Jason Les — the high stakes poker player – who battled it out with the AI bot, Liberatus in early 2017.

Along with Les, Dong Kim, Daniel McAulay, and Jimmy Chou took part in the Brains vs. AI challenge which saw them battle the AI program, Libratus, for hours each day as they tried and ultimately failed to find an edge to exploit the program.

The match played out over a 20 day period, live streamed on Twitch but already Libratus proved too hard to beat.

Card Player TV caught up with Les to chat about the pressure of playing the bot and what he thinks it means for poker for there to be such a strong heads-up AI no-limit hold’em bot.

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ElkY Is Back!

After what can only be described as a drought, one of the great poker players of our time, ElkY, is back to the form his fans know and love him for, if not quite back to his signature winning ways.

As runner-up in the $111,111 buy-in WSOP High Roller for One Drop tournament, he collected an impressive $2,278,657 in prize money, and announced clearly and confidently that he was back and a force to be reckoned with once again.

Born in France, ElkY, whose real name is Bertrand Grospellier, began his career as a professional online gamer, moving to the heart of the action in South Korea where he rose to be one of the stars of the World Cyber Games. He soon found that the strategy and skills he used in gaming were easily transferable to the much more lucrative world of professional poker, and it was not long before he started winning tournaments both live and online. He was runner-up in one of his first-ever events in Copenhagen, netting $399,953, and became hooked.

Since then he has won over $11m at events worldwide, including WPT and EPT titles. ElkY is also the proud owner of a WSOP bracelet and an active member of the PokerStars professional team.

Despite his rapid early success, the popular player (known for his spiky blonde hair) hasn’t registered a six-figure win for over five years. His last success was an EPT game in Berlin in 2012. Since then, he hasn’t so much as made the final table at a major event.

So, it was with great excitement that ElkY’s legion of fans greeted the final day of the $13m World Series of Poker High Roller for One Drop tournament in Las Vegas. He was, after all, joining the final table with a chip lead of almost double his nearest rival and holding no less than a quarter of all the available chips. At the start of the day, the eventual winner, Doug Polk, was behind in the field and slipped further in the opening hands before fighting back to finally challenge ElkY.

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Unbeknownst to the fans, ElkY’s famous shock of blond hair was also at stake, thanks to a side bet with famous faux-hawk wearer Polk. Whoever lost would have to adopt the signature hairstyle of the other player!

Sadly, having beaten out the rest of the nine-player final table, along with 120 other contestants, ElkY lost big in a two-pair battle with Polk. Holding jacks and tens, he could only watch as Polk collected a queen on the river to make jacks and queens, and a just few hands later it was all over.

Polk won the tournament and walked away with a cool $3,686,865 (and his hair still brown and styled), while ElkY collected $1.4m less, plus a packet of hair colouring. But, perhaps the real winner from the tournament was the One Drop charity initiative, which works to provide access to safe drinking water across the world. They received $500,000 from the event, which will be put to good use in improving lives for thousands of vulnerable people worldwide.

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Poker is rarely about who comes in second, but ElkY’s Las Vegas run represents a welcome return to form, and a wake-up call to his fellow players that after a long wait, ElkY is finally back to his best.

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