Verona, NY — A player from Saratoga County emerged as the big winner in this month’s World Series of Poker Circuit Event tournament at Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Joe Rice of Waterford was the “Main Event” champion at the WSOP Circuit tournament that took place at Turning Stone from March 17 to 28. Rice took home $274,441 in total winnings and earned the chance to win $1 million at the WSOP’s Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas this summer.
In all, the 12-day WSOP event at Turning Stone awarded more than $4 million in winnings, exceeding the minimum $1 million guarantee. That was split among 1,600 players. In total, the event drew 11,000 entries and players from 26 states and Canada.
It also awarded 15 gold rings that entitled players to move on to the Tournament of Champions, a first-time event for the WSOP. Rice won two of the 15, so 14 players are advancing from Turning Stone to Vegas.
That included several winners from Central New York: Tom Frank of Ilion, Frank Gentile of Utica, Vaios Triantafyllou of Ithaca and Gilbert Taveras of Utica. All of them have a seat at the Tournament of Champions, which will be nationally televised in July. That tournament will feature 88 winners of rings or bracelets offered by qualifying WSOP Circuit events across the US and Canada.
Meanwhile, after a pause for the Circuit Event, Turning Stone is now resuming play in WSOP satellite events that will determine players advancing to the World Series of Poker finals, also in Vegas this summer. Since those events began last fall, nine Turning Stone winners have advanced to the finals, while three other winners opted for cash instead of the seats at the table. The satellite events at Turning Stone continue into May.
Both the Circuit Event this month and the ongoing satellite events mark the first WSOP sanctioned tournaments ever held in New York state. The satellite events are held in the casino’s Poker Room, the largest in the state. The Circuit Event was so big it was held in the Turning Stone Event Center, normally a concert venue.
The World Series of Poker bills itself as “the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world.” It has awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money since it debuted in Las Vegas in 1970.
Here’s the complete List of 2022 WSOP Circuit Event tournament winners at Turning Stone:
· WSOP Event 1 Winner: Joe Rice, Waterford, NY won $27,372 from the total prize pool of $133,980.
· WSOP Event 2 winner: Chad Roedersheimer, Cincinnati, OH won $100,825 from a total prize pool of $702,570
· WSOP Event 3 winner: Tom Frank, Ilion, NY won $31,629 from the total prize pool of $163,680.
· WSOP Event 4 Winner: Patrick White from Pearl River, NY won $25,406 from a total prize pool of $136,320.
· WSOP Event 5 Winner: Vaios Triantafyllou from Ithaca, NY won $32,921 from a total prize pool of $158,945.
· WSOP Event 6 winner: Frank Gentile from Utica won $26,531 from a total prize pool of $124,080.
· WSOP Event 7 winner: Gilbert Taveras, Utica, NY won $23,960 from a total prize pool of $98,365.
· WSOP Event 8 Winner: Alan Blagman, Saylorsburg, PA won $29,683 from a total prize pool of $144,210.
· WSOP Event 9 Winner: Blake Napierala, Amherst, NY won $52,606 from a total prize pool of $312,510.
· WSOP Event 10 Winner: Logan Prucnal, Idaho Falls, IA won $25,604 of total prize pool of $122,430.
· WSOP Event 11 Winner: Hayden Glassman, Rochester, NY won $62,134 from the total prize pool of $268,125.
· WSOP Main Event Winner (Event 12): Joe Rice, Waterford, NY won $238,870 from a total prize pool of 1,349,865.
· WSOP Event 13 Winner: David Valone, New Haven, CT won $23,024 from the total prize pool of $106,260.
· WSOP Event 14 Winner: Leonard Laneuville, Massena, NY won $23,011 from a total prize pool of $119,040.
· WSOP Event 15 Winner: Steven Christopher, Woodside, NY won $31,572 from the total prize pool of $143,685.
Don Cazentre writes about Upstate NY casinos for NYup.com, syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. Reach him at email@example.com follow him at NYup.comwe Twitter gold Facebook.