VERONA, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino has announced that it will serve as New York State’s first ever satellite host for the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the most prestigious and longest-running poker tournament in the country. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Turning Stone poker players will have many opportunities to earn a seat for the nationally-televised WSOP “Tournament of Champions” in Las Vegas in 2022, along with big jackpots every week. Turning Stone is distinguished as the first and only casino in New York to host official WSOP events.
“We are thrilled to serve as New York’s first ever satellite host for the World Series of Poker, and provide this incredible opportunity to our guests,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO. “We are proud of the fact that we are considered New York’s best poker destination, and being a satellite host for the WSOP promises to only build onto that reputation.”
The first round of the WSOP events at Turning Stone are 27 satellite tournament events. Beginning Monday, Nov. 1, the satellite events are held every Sunday through Wednesday until Wednesday, Dec. 15. Satellite events at Turning Stone will resume in January. With a $175 buy-in, poker players compete in the satellite tournaments, and the winners will receive a $1,400 seat in one of the next round of qualifying events – the Local Main Events at Turning Stone.
Poker players then move on to the WSOP Local Main Events at Turning Stone, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 2; Sunday, March 6; and Sunday, May 1. Winners of the Local Main Event will receive a $10,000 seat to the WSOP “Tournament of Champions” in Las Vegas in 2022, as well as $3,000 in travel money.
For the first time ever in New York State, Turning Stone will also host an official WSOP Circuit Event Mar. 17 – 28, 2022, with local poker players winning direct entry into the WSOP “Tournament of Champions” in Las Vegas in 2022. The WSOP Circuit Event will be held in the Turning Stone Event Center, allowing more than poker players to vie for their seat in Las Vegas.