WSOP Event at Turning Stone Resort Casino Attracts Record Number of Participants, Doubles Winnings for the 12-Day Tournament

Top Players at the World Series of Poker at Turning Stone Take Home Record $6.2 Million in Winnings

The 12-day tournament, known as the World Series of Poker (WSOP) event at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, recently concluded. This circuit event attracted a record number of participants, with more than 16,000 entries from 38 states and four Canadian provinces.

The tournament saw players vying for a share of $6.2 million in winnings, which was double the minimum guarantee and an increase from the $5.4 million awarded last year. The Oneida Indian Nation, which operates the casino, shared this news in a press release.

Among the winners were players from Central and Western New York, including Ethan Bennett of Brooklyn who was crowned the WSOP Main Event Champion and won $298,546 and his first-ever Gold Ring. Other notable winners included Edward Lupinski of Ilion, Budwey Salhab of Getzville, Leonid Kaplin of East Amherst, Travell Thomas of Orchard Park, Michael Rellinger of Tonawanda, and Shane Friedlander of Kerhonkson. The total payout for the Turning Stone Main Event was $1.8 million.

The tournament took place from March 14 to March 25 at Turning Stone’s Events Center. Turning Stone is owned by the Oneida Indian Nation and is the only casino in New York state to host a WSOP circuit event. The World Series of Poker is known as the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world having awarded over $3.8 billion in prize money since its inception in Las Vegas in 1970

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