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


Mar 27, 2024

The only World Series of Poker event in New York state recently concluded at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona. The 12-day tournament, or circuit event, saw record-breaking numbers of entries, money won, and visitors to the region. In total, $6.2 million in winnings were awarded, 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.

The 2024 Turning Stone event sent 18 “Gold Ring” winning players to the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions main event in Las Vegas, another record for the tournament. Players from 38 states and four Canadian provinces participated in the event, totaling more than 16,000 entries. The tournament concluded with Ethan Bennett of Brooklyn being crowned the WSOP Main Event Champion, winning $298,546 and his first-ever Gold Ring.

Among the winners were players from Central and Western New York, including 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 was held from March 14 to March 25 at Turning Stone’s Events Center. Turning Stone, owned by the Oneida Indian Nation, is the only casino in the Northeast to host a WSOP circuit event and one of fewer than 20 in the country to do so. 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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