2010 World Series of Slots Awards Nearly $300,000

April 22, 2010 by  

The Second Annual World Series of Slots tournament, held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino April 17 and 18, welcomed 400 competitors from around the country battling head-to-head through eight exciting rounds, and awarded approximately $300,000 in prize money.

Houston resident Granison Boone, Jr., 73, walked away as the world champion with the $100,000 grand prize and championship bracelet for his slot victory, followed by Jerry Hooper in second place with $15,000, Gayle Williams in third place winning $10,000 and Nicholas Keyock rounding out the top four with $8,000 in prize money.

“We’re extremely pleased with the success of our Second Annual World Series of Slots,” said Mike Leonard, senior vice president of Golden Nugget casino marketing and operations. “Our players simply can’t get enough of this one-of-a-kind, head-to-head tournament. With 2010 bringing more participants and awarding more prize money than last year’s event, we’re sure to see this tournament grow even larger in the coming years.”

Boone won with a most unique style of slot tournament play. Wearing a monogrammed towel around his neck and fingerless leather gloves, he continuously pressed the slot machine’s spin button with alternating hands, then would suddenly hit it with his elbow. This interesting technique paid off as he becomes the World Series of Slots world champion, taking the $100,000 Grand Prize and championship bracelet back home to Houston.

The 2010 tournament also welcomed celebrity participants Rupert Boneham of Survivor Pearl Island fame, as well as professional poker players Phil Hellmuth, Karina & Chip Jett, Kristy Gazes, and Suzie Lederer.

Cash prizes were awarded after each round. All participants won at least $200, even if they did not advance to round two. Participants who advanced received additional cash prizes for each round, thereafter. The top four winners received any round-advance winnings plus an additional $8,000 for fourth place, $10,000 for third place, $15,000 for second place and $100,000 for the Grand Prize winner, plus the gold and diamond championship bracelet. In addition to the big-money top prizes, six free slot play drawings totaling $10,000 were drawn, five for $1,000 and one for $5,000.

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