Mortensen leads WSOP Champions Invitational

Carlos Mortensen
2001 WSOP champ Carlos Mortensen is chipleader after Day 1 at the Champions Invitational.

The Champions Invitational played down to a final table last night at the Rio and it was 2001 champ Carlos Mortenson who took the reins as chipleader.

Of the 20 former champs who started the day, 10 survivors will return to face off for the Binion Cup and a restored 1970 Corvette starting at 3 p.m. today.

After Mortenson, the contingent of famous names includes reigning champ Peter Eastgate as well as poker icons Doyle Brunson and Dan Harrington.

Short-stacked Phil Hellmuth - as has now seemed to become the custom - has been allowed to survive to see the TV cameras on Day 2, even with only 1,125 to his name.

Full chip counts are as follows:

Carlos Mortensen: 42,375

Tom McEvoy: 31,000

Jim Bechtel: 30,475

Doyle Brunson: 20,250

Dan Harrington: 19,975

Peter Eastgate: 18,425

Huck Seed: 15,400

Robert Varkonyi: 13,450

Berry Johnston: 7,625

Phil Hellmuth: 1,125

2005 champ Joe Hachem bubbled the final table, while Mortensen amassed his monster stack by eliminating the likes of Jamie Gold, Greg Raymer and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.

Given the full slate of events on tap at the Rio today, the Champions Invitational won't be getting the full live-update treatment, but check out the PokerListings blog for Day 2 highlights as it plays down to a winner.

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