ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker continues tonight with the debut of the first-ever Champions Invitational. The event was open to the select group of players who have won a Main Event bracelet. This star-studded 20-man tournament should provide plenty of excitement for viewers as older Main Event winners such as Dan Harrington (1995) tangle with younger aces such as Peter Eastgate (2008).
Beginning at 8pm (EST), viewers can see the exciting action as it unfolded on the Rio floor. Featuring a tough final table that has plenty of WSOP muscle including eleven-time bracelet winner Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth and ten-time bracelet winner and two-time Main Event Champion Doyle Brunson. There are definitely fireworks throughout the action. Other players making the final table included Carlos “The Matador” Mortensen, Robert “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” Varkonyi, Jim Bechtel, Berry Johnston, Tom McEvoy and former Wicked Chops Poker’s “Pick to Win it All,” Huck Seed.
Although this was not a bracelet event the winner received the title of “Champion of Champions," a 1970 Corvette Stringray and the freshly-minted Binion's Cup. The Binion's Cup was created in honor of Jack Binion, the man many believe defined the WSOP thanks to his efforts to legitimize what has now become one of the world’s richest sporting events.
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