Washington: In 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, “Aussie Matt” loaned him a total of $US3 million ($3.9 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.