The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona hosted the 12-day New York State World Series of Poker event, which ended with a record number of entries, money won and visitors drawn to the region. This year’s tournament awarded a total prize of $6.2 million, double the minimum guarantee, and exceeded the $5.4 million awarded last year. As a result, it was a successful event for the Oneida Indian Nation, which operates the casino.

The Turning Stone Event sent 18 Gold Ring players to the Main Event of the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas. The tournament attracted over 16,000 players from 38 states and four Canadian provinces. Brooklyn’s Ethan Bennett was crowned WSOP Main Event champion, winning $298,546 and his first gold ring. Several players from Central and Western New York also won cash and Gold Ring tickets to the Vegas tournament.

This marks the third year that Turning Stone has hosted a World Series of Poker event. As the only casino in the Northeast to host a VSOP event, Turning Stone joins less than 20 casinos nationwide in providing this prestigious gaming event. The tournament at Turning Stone’s Event Center ran from March 14-25. Don Cazentre covers upstate New York casinos for NIup.com, siracuse.com and the Post-Standard . Contact him at dcazentre@niup.com or follow him on Twitter or Facebook for more updates on the latest New York casino events

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