Wed. Jun 19th, 2024
Top Players at the World Series of Poker at Turning Stone Take Home Record $6.2 Million in Winnings

The 2024 Turning Stone World Series of Poker event saw record-breaking numbers of entries, money won, and visitors to the region. The 12-day tournament, or circuit event, took place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona from March 14 to March 25. 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.

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. These players joined 18 “Gold Ring” winning players who were sent to the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions main event in Las Vegas.

The tournament concluded with Ethan Bennett of Brooklyn being crowned the WSOP Main Event Champion, winning $298,546 and his first-ever Gold Ring. The total payout for the Turning Stone Main Event was $1.8 million.

Turning Stone Resort Casino is owned by the Oneida Indian Nation and is the only casino in New York state that hosts a WSOP circuit event

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