Czech Casino Owner Allegedly 'Pressured' Poker Pro To Continue Playing In Booze-Fueled Game –

More allegations have emerged in the $2 million legal battle over a controversial heads-up poker match that happened in May in Las Vegas.

Last week, Czech casino owner Leon Tsoukernik responded to Australian poker pro Matt Kirk’s June lawsuit and filed a counterclaim alleging that Kirk and the Aria casino where the game took place allowed him to become too intoxicated and “fatigued” and “prevented” him from leaving the exclusive poker arena Ivey’s Room.

The result, says Tsoukernik’s countersuit, was a dishonest and unfair game. Kirk is seeking to recover the $2 million, while Tsoukernik wants damages in excess of $10 million for the destruction done to his reputation, among other sufferings.

Some of poker’s legends, including Daniel Negreanu and Doyle Brunson, took to social media to blast Tsoukernik for his countersuit against Kirk and the popular poker room. Brunson even offered to be a character witness for Kirk and his legal team.

Rob Yong, the founder of the U.K. card room Dusk Till Dawn, was drawn into the matter thanks to court papers stating he tried to help the two broker a settlement in the days immediately after the game. After a couple of attempts, the deal to resolve the alleged debt was off and now multiple high-profile lawsuits are working their way through Nevada’s court system.

Yong, who is “one of the most respected people in poker” according to Poker Hall of Famer and former World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton, penned a blog post detailing what he witnessed transpire between the two high-stakes poker players.

According to Yong, Kirk told him that he wanted to stop playing Tsoukernik in the game that was going past 5 a.m. local time, but that the casino mogul was uninterested in quitting while stuck.

Kirk “told me the game got ‘out

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