He's literally a boss of the game. A Utica native with a lot of experience playing and overseeing poker is among the champions taking home a memento from the World Series Of Poker's stop at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Frank Gentile III took down a WSOPC $400 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max tournament , besting 376 players and taking home a healthy $26,531. Gentile was actually once a poker dealer at Turning Stone but now calls Waverly, NY home as he's a Lead Poker Supervisor at Tioga Downs Resort Casino.

Gentile told WSOP.com

“I love this game. It’s funny because I told my father last week that I was going to play this event, and I told him I’m winning a ring.” Gentile did just that, and even dressed up wearing a tie in anticipation for the winner’s photo. “I’ve heard that if you speak something into existence it comes true. And it came true,” smiled Gentile.

In addition to winning a a WSOP Circuit Ring, he's got a big game coming up this summer. Gentile also won a seat at the invitation only WSOP Tournament of Champions event in Las Vegas.

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In the event Gentile won, some fellow New Yorkers also were among those chopping up the the more than $124,000 prize pot. Chris Barton of Elmira took fourth place ($7,884), James Gauthier of Syracuse finished sixth ($4,118), and Robert Hatter of Oneida came in 20th ($1,196).

Earlier this month, another Mohawk Valley poker player cashed in with a WSOP Circuit win.

Tom Frank from Ilion earned himself a ring, a seat at the Tournament of Champions, and over $31,000.

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