The Ultimate Poker Showdown: Turning Stone Main Event Breaks Records with $1.8 Million Payout and Crowns Ethan Bennett as Champion

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

The 2024 Turning Stone event concluded with record-breaking numbers of entries, money won and visitors to the region, as well as the crowning of Ethan Bennett from Brooklyn as the WSOP Main Event Champion. The tournament saw more than 16,000 entries from 38 states and four Canadian provinces. The Oneida Indian Nation, which operates the casino, shared this news in a press release.

The tournament was held at Turning Stone’s Events Center in Verona, New York from March 14 to March 25. The total payout for the Turning Stone Main Event was $1.8 million. 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.

In addition to awarding $1.8 million in winnings to its main event winner alone, the tournament also 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. This is only one reason why Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona is known as a premier destination for poker enthusiasts in New York state and beyond.

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