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.
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.
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.
It was during day 2 of the history-in-making $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship when a Vietnamese lady by the name of Thi Xua Nguyen stunned everybody by making this incredible laydown versus Athanasios Polychronopoulos, a Greek-American professional poker player with two WSOP bracelets.
220 players remained on the field when Nguyen raised from the button with Ad Qc only to get 3-bet to 37,000 by Polychronopoulos from the big blind who held a pair of Aces.
Nguyen made the call and the flop landed Ks 9s Qd. Both the players checked. The Qh on Turn improved Nguyen’s hand to trips. She bets 17,000 after Polychronopoulos checked for a second time. He made the call and the Ace of Spade gave both the players a full house.
Polychronopoulos once again checked on the river with his Aces full. Nguyen bets 50,000 leaving her 153,000 chips behind but finds herself in a check-raise-all-in situation.
This is where things go crazy!!!
After tanking for a while, Nguyen lays down Ad Qc face up—a freaking Full house!!!. Out of respect for her incredible fold, Polychronopoulos flips out Aces and was himself stunned.
Did she misread her hand? No!!! She knew what she was doing. Nguyen put him on Aces or Kings and she was bang on right!!!
The hand was caught during the live stream and obviously, the viewers glued to the stream went berserk including the commentators James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, and Lex Veldhuis.
Nguyen eventually finished 153rd for $25,450 and Polychronopoulos also made cash but busted against Platinum Pass winner, Jussi Nevanlinna.
What is more crazier is that on day 1 Nguyen won an EPT Monte Carlo package during a random draw table giveaway.
PokerStars gave away 320 free entries to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) over the course of the previous year via Platinum Passes that after accomodations and spending money were valued at $30,000.
Short Deck Hold’em, AKA 6+ Hold’em, is one of the hottest poker variants being played today, and courtesy of these highlights from the HKD 500k ($64k USD) buy-in Short Deck Event at the Triton Poker SHR Jeju 2018 series, you can learn from one of poker’s all-time masters, Phil Ivey.
OP-Poker, a team of Twitch streamers and official ambassadors of PokerStars’ Power Up, was recently invited to have a look at PokerStars’ brand new upcoming Virtual Reality Product PokerStars VR held at EGX conference at Birmingham.
Unibet has announced that the Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, who’s “Hollywood high stakes poker game was the subject of the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game“ will be their special guest!
This story still has the poker community talking. Real life poker couple Kristen Bicknell (who is signed by partypoker) and Alex Foxen made the final table of a tournament at The Venetian in Las Vegas last month. Their alleged soft-play and collusion has the poker community riled up with the likes of Doug Polk and Justin Bonomo still talking about it long after play finished up.
Unibet have worked with creative agency FCB Inferno to release a custom deck of cards to accompany the launch of a new poker format where the Queen outranks the King.The project is intended to help draw attention to gender equality and unconscious gender bias in poker.