WASSUP '09: McEvoy Wins The Champions Invitational
June 2, 2022

There are many types of Invitationals throughout the poker calendar, but the one that wrapped up last night must now easily be considered the hardest to get into.  The first ever World Series of Poker Champions Invitational, an event only past WSOP Main Event champions are allowed to enter, wrapped up last night in a somewhat surprising manner, with 1983 champ Tom McEvoy, eliminating his final opponent, 2002's Robert Varkonyi, to claim the new WSOP title of Champion of the Champions Invitational.

McEvoy outlasted a total field of 20 past legends to earn the prestigious title, including a stacked final table that held Dan Harrington, Huck Seed, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Carlos Mortensen, Jim Bechtel, Berry Johnston and the defending WSOP champion Peter Eastgate.  For the victory, McEvoy received the newly created Binion Cup (presented by Jack Binion himself), a vintage 1970 Corvette Stingray convertible, and perhaps some much overdue respect, from those in the poker community who may be in the habit of writing off some of poker's old guard, as no longer being a legitimate threat.

Story by Mark Anderson

Sweet Tweets* The Champion Invitational

Jamie Gold first to bust in the Champions Invitational.
-PokerRoad Nation

Knocked out Amarillo Slim, 20k
-Peter Eastgate

Champions Invitational,10 left--6 I know that made it: Eastgate, Bechtel, Texas Dolly, Huck Seed, Carlos Mortenson, and me w/ merely $1,125!
-Phil Hellmuth

made the final table in the Chamions event. I'm in 4th place with a lot of good players left [10]. should be a lot of fun today!
-Doyle Brunson

Eastgate out. 3bets 87s into Dan Harrington's AA. Hellmuth out first hand. #toc
-John Macleod

'Tis why they call him Action Dan, @JLBlades.
-Mark Honbo

*A sampling of Twitter posts created during the Invitational, courtesy of the PokerRoad Nation.

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