Breaking News: 12-Day WSOP Event at Turning Stone Resort Casino Sets Records for Entries, Money Won and Gold Ring Winners

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

In recent news, the 12-day World Series of Poker (WSOP) event at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, has come to a close. The tournament, known as a circuit event, saw an unprecedented number of entries, money won, and visitors to the region. A total of $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 success of the 2024 Turning Stone event sent 18 “Gold Ring” winning players to the WSOP Tournament of Champions main event in Las Vegas. This is 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. Bennett won $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.

Turning Stone’s Events Center hosted the tournament from March 14th to March 25th. Turning Stone Resort Casino is owned by the Oneida Indian Nation and is the only casino in New York State to host a WSOP circuit event and one of fewer than 20 in country to do so

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