Casino mogul blames booze and ‘fatigue’ for contested $3 million poker lossDerek Hawkins, The Washington Post · November 10, 2017 at 5:28 amIn the early hours of May 27, two of professional gambling’s big names sat down for a private, high-stakes poker match. The setting was the Ivey Room, a posh enclave in the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Leon Tsoukernik, a Czech entrepreneur and casino mogul, was facing off against Matthew Kirk, an Australian gambler known for his hefty bets. A couple of others came to watch.The session didn’t last long, but a huge amount of money changed hands. Tsoukernik was having a bad night. As the two played, Kirk loaned him a total of $3 million in chips to keep him in the game, sliding them across the table in increments of $500,000 and $1 million, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.In a little more than an hour, Tsoukernik lost all of it. But when Kirk tried to collect his winnings, Tsoukernik refused to pay him out in full.Now, more than five months later, the two men are locked in a bitter and scandal-tinged court battle over who is entitled to the riches.