The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Poker tournament at Turning Stone March 16

- Turning Stone Resort and Casino. By The Dispatch Staff newsroom@oneidadisp­

TOWN OF VERONA, N.Y. >> The legendary World Series of Poker Circuit Tournament series returns to New York at Turning Stone Resort Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, this month on March 16.

The most prestigiou­s poker tournament in the world, the 12-days of non-stop poker action attracts several thousand people from all around the Northeast to Central New York to compete for more than $1 million in guaranteed payouts, 16 WSOP Gold Rings and a seat in the $1 million Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas this summer.

Last year’s WSOP Circuit Event hosted nearly 11,000 entries including players traveling from 26 states and Canada. More than 1,600 people took cash winnings home. In 2022, $4.4 million was paid out to winners throughout the WSOP tournament — four times more than the guaranteed prize pool.

In response to overwhelmi­ng interest in participat­ing in this year’s WSOP tournament, Turning Stone is adding 20 additional poker tables this year, for a total of 70 tables.

New this year will be the addition of a Ladies WSOP No Limit Hold’em Tournament, the first-ever in the state, to be held on Friday, March 24. The Monster Stack event, the most popular event of last year’s WSOP at Turning Stone, will return as a special two-day event on March 21 and 22.

The iconic trophy of the WSOP Circuit Event is the coveted Gold Ring and this year’s event at Turning Stone will give players 16 different opportunit­ies to take one home. The WSOP Gold Rings are designed by the same company that makes the Super Bowl and NBA Championsh­ip rings, establishi­ng the caliber of these legendary pieces of jewelry.

Last year, Joe Rice from Waterford, NY took home two Gold Rings, plus more than $274,000. Also, Chad Roedersche­imer from Cincinnati, OH took home his first-ever WSOP Gold Ring and nearly $103,000, while Central New Yorkers Tom Frank from Ilion and Frank Gentile from Utica each won their first Gold Rings and nearly $60,000 combined.

Turning Stone is among a very selective group of gaming destinatio­ns with fewer than 20 casinos in the world to host a WSOP Circuit Event, distinguis­hing Turning Stone as the only WSOP Circuit Event in the entire Northeast.

Throughout the WSOP Tournament, poker players will also be able to participat­e in live poker action in the Turning Stone Poker Room with additional opportunit­ies to win big payouts.


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