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Poker High Roller Sues Former Roommate Over Unpaid Rent, Basketball Tickets, Penny Stock Loan

Lawsuit Seeks To Recover More Than $90,000


Poker pro Yevgeniy Timoshenko, who has cashed for $7.3 million lifetime in poker tournaments, wants his former roommate to pay up.

A lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court pits Timoshenko, a World Poker Tour champion, against a man by the name of Frank Gu. According to the suit, the two had rented a $7,000-a-month apartment in New York City in September 2010.

Gu has about $10,000 in lifetime poker tournament scores.

They only had the place together for a year, but Gu allegedly owes Timoshenko $15,484 in unpaid rent and $2,181 in utility bills.

The New York Daily News was first to report on the suit, which also claims that Timoshenko loaned Gu $50,000 to invest in penny stocks and was never repaid.

Timoshenko now resides in Seattle.

Another allegation is that Timoshenko handed over $10,000 in cash to Gu for safekeeping while the former was abroad. Gu allegedly didn’t give the money back.

Timoshenko also wants $1,160 that he spent on court side basketball tickets.

Altogether, the lawsuit is for more than $90,000.