Las Vegas Court Throws Out Leon Tsoukernik’s Countersuit of Matt Kirk

As reported in the Las Vegas Review Journal a judge has thrown out the countersuit from Leon Tsoukernik—owner of Kings Casino—over Australian high stakes poker pro Matt Kirk defraduing him.

The lawsuit is all to do with a late night high stakes heads-up cash game at the Aria Casino between Tsoukernik and Kirk. Tsourkernik (who was drunk) allegedly funded his game with repeated loans from Kirk and failed to pay back what was due.

Tsoukernik lost $3 million to Kirk but only paid back $1 million. Kirk sued Tsoukernik but then was countersued by the Kings Casino owner who said that the Aria Casino worked with Kirk to ply him with alcohol.

Kirk’s case against Tsoukernik for the outstanding $2 million is still ongoing.

If you remember, Rob Yong also managed to get himself swept up in the fall-out between Tsoukernik and Kirk.

Yong took to his blog to set the record straight in his involvement in the matter.

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The 888 Poker Brief Recaps February Poker Highlights

Kara Scott, on behalf of 888poker, highlights the major happenings in poker for the month of February in the latest episode of the Poker Brief.

Kicking off the highlights was coverage of the US Poker Open, a new high stakes poker series brought to you by Poker Central that took place at the ARIA Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. The inaugural series provided poker fans plenty of entertaining moments and showcased a variety of poker variants during the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship.

Keeping with the live poker theme, next on Kara’s list was the the partypoker MILLIONS in Germany where 888 sponsored pro Dominik Nitsche defeated partypoker sponsored pro Marcel Lüske to take down the High Roller event. For the Main Event, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom made a heroic call on the final hand of the tournament to seal a huge comeback victory.

News of an extension between new partners 888poker and the WPT500 also made the cut as they will be teaming up for another event, this time at Aspers Westfield Stratford City in London from March 23-April 2, 2018. The $565 buy-in event has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool with 888 hosting one of the opening days online on March 11. Other day 1s will take place at various Aspers properties.

Wrapping up the month was the American Poker Awards. Watch the video below to find out what Kara thought about the event and some of the winners.

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Jake Cody Makes Return To Vlogging

PokerStars Team Pro, Jake Cody returns to vlogging this week after a hiatus of around nine months. He has been missed!

In this personal vlog from the poker pro, Cody tells us the reasons why he has shied away from the camera for so long. Watch below.

Oh and if you didn’t know already, Cody took down the partypoker UK Poker Championships High Roller event and ended up putting all his winnings on the roulette wheel, routing for black! See how he did here.

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Phil Galfond’s Thoughts on Rake

Phil Galfond has entered the fray and gives his thoughts on high rake and whether or not it is better for the game.

You can read Galfond’s full blog post here.

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