The latest round of Leon Tsoukernik’s and Matt Kirk’s fight has given Kirk an advantage when a Las Vegas judge denied Tsoukernik’s counterclaim. In this counter-claim, Tsoukernik accused his opponent Kirk and hotel staff members of ARIA of exploiting him in a heads-up match in which Tsoukernik lost three million to “Aussie Matt”.
Kirk claims that King’s Casino owner Tsoukernik has repaid only $ 1 million of the $ 3 million he lost in late May. Kirk is said to have lent Tsoukernik several stakes and ultimately eliminated him.
For his part, Tsoukernik accused ARIA employees of having outsmarted him, suggesting that “Kirk had conspired with the ARIA and had not revealed where the money for the nosebleeds came from,” Dave Ferrara’s report in the Las Vegas Review journal said.
Tsoukernik called the game in his indictment “unfair, dishonest and non-competitive.”
Kirk had initially sued Tsoukernik for the $ 2 million, but all the charges, except fraudulent and unjust enrichment, were also dismissed by the same District Judge Linda Bell, who had dismissed the counterclaim. The court ruled that gambling debts are unenforceable.
As for Tsoukernik’s claims, Bell remained untouched. She asked why it was important where Kirk got his money from, and said that it was “not something a person who plays has to tell other players.”
The indictment of ARIA, the judge ruled, should be referred to the Gaming Control Board.
The bottom line: Tsoukernik has to pay Kirk’s attorney’s fees out of the countersuit, but the overarching alleged debt saga continues without a mutually satisfying outcome.