McEvoy is WSOP champion's champion

Tom McEvoy
Tom McEvoy wins the Binion's Cup.

For newly crowned 2009 World Series of Poker Champions Invitational winner Tom McEvoy, this event was about much more than just the 1970 Corvette Stingray he won Sunday.

"The car was just the frosting on the cake," McEvoy told PokerListings.

"Beating all my colleagues that were talented enough to win the Main Event was what it was really about."

To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Series of Poker, the Champions Invitational brought together 20 Main Event champions to compete for the car and the newly created Binion's Cup.

McEvoy, who won the WSOP Main Event in 1983 when there were just 108 entrants and a $540,000 first-place prize, said winning this prestigious event was also about gaining the respect of the entire poker world.

"I'm totally overjoyed," he said. "One of the reasons I was so determined to win this was to reestablish myself and prove, not only to myself, but to everybody else, that I can still do this."

After a first day Sunday that saw a huge crowds gather to catch a glimpse of the star-studded field, the final table began Monday with Carlos Mortensen holding the lead.

2008 WSOP champ Peter Eastgate was actually the first to hit the rail taking ninth before two-time Main Event winner Doyle Brunson said goodbye in eighth position.

Short stacks Berry Johnson and Huck Seed were given the gate in seventh and sixth respectively when suddenly Jim Bechtel doubled through Mortensen, knocking him down to size.

Varkoni champions
'It was probably the toughest field ever.'

A few hands later Bechtel hit a set against Mortensen's top pair and it was all over for the 2001 Main Event champion.

McEvoy sent Bechtel home fourth and after 2002 Main Event champ Robert Varkonyi doubled through Dan Harrington, all three players remaining appeared evenly stacked.

Three-handed play turned out to be an epic four-hour battle before McEvoy sent Harrington packing.

He waltzed into heads-up holding a 3:1 chip lead and ended Varkonyi's hopes in short order.

"I had a great time and it was a great success for me to even come in second," Varkonyi said. "I would have loved to win it, but these are all champions. It was probably the toughest field ever."

Now the champion of champions, McEvoy is putting the 2009 World Series of Poker on notice.

"I think I proved that I can compete at the highest level against the best players in the world," he said.

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