It seems that despite his considerably less than perfect reputation with regards to huge, unpaid gambling debts, that Leon Tsoukernik and his Kings Casino in Rozvadov are as much in favour as they have ever been as it has been announced for the second consecutive year that his casino’s poker room will play host to the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) again in 2018.
Last summer, when both “Aussie” Matt Kirk and Elton Tsang both revealed that Tsoukernik had stiffed them for millions of dollars at the poker tables, with Kirk going so far as to file suit against the Czech impressario in Las Vegas (the verdict being that the $2m Kirk had leant Tsoukernik was a gambling debt and therefore wasn’t enforceable in civil court), many predicted that having lost the trust of the poker community that Tsoukernik may well find himself persona-non-grata and shunned by players. However, that has proved to be patently untrue, and Tsoukernik and his poker room have never been so popular.
Not only did Kings Casino put on a great WSOPE last October, but they also played host to a highly successful partypokerLIVE Millions event last month featuring streamed high stakes cash games as well as some great partypokerLIVE tournies which saw wins for Scandi heroes Patrik Antonius ($25k High Roller), and the mercurialViktor “Isildur1” Blom who won the €5m GTD Main Event for €1m. Tsoukernik has also found quite a following due to his regular appearances in partypoker’s high stakes online invite-only PLO cash games hosted by site pro Sam Trickett. Playing as “KingsOfLeon” online, Tsoukernik is always at the heart of the action, winning and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars each time he sits down – and if there’s one thing poker fans love, its a player who is in the thick of the action.
Kings Casino Rozvadov recently hosted partypokerLIVE Millions Germany where Viktor Blom (above) won the Main Event and is congratulated by partypokerLIVE boss John Duthie (above left), and casino owner Leon Tsourkernik (right)
The WSOPE returns to Kings for 10 bracelet events between October 11th and November 2nd with all events liable to be streamed on the internet, with the Main Event being recorded for television.
Whatever controversies may have beset Leon Tsoukernik, his poker room has certainly impressed WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart who said;
“We have long searched for a great venue and host for WSOP Europe and we believe we’ve finally found it,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said. “King’s Casino has been a terrific host and with their expansion complete, we’re pleased to commit to holding WSOP Europe annually each October in Rozvadov.”
Of the extended partnership, Leon Tsoukernik said;
“Now that King’s Casino is firmly established as Europe’s most popular poker venue, we have doubled down and have made a bigger commitment to bring WSOP Europe to Rozvadov annually”
Over €25,000,000 in prize money and 7,689 entrants competed at last year’s WSOPE at Kings Casino, making it the richest poker tournament ever held in Europe.