Tom McEvoy Captures Binion Cup
Former World Series of Poker champion Tom McEvoy bested a field of 20 fellow Main Event winners to take down the inaugural Binion Cup in the small hours of this morning.
The 1983 WSOP winner defeated Robert Varkonyi heads-up to secure the title and a vintage 1970 Corvette Stingray at the first ever Champions Invitational tournament and was presented with his trophy by poker entrepreneur and driving force behind the WSOP, Jack Binion.
“This is the first time he’s handed me a trophy instead of money,” joked a quiet but nonetheless delighted McEvoy as Binion presented him with the trophy following the winning final hand against Varkonyi.
The chips went in after the two former champions shared a 7c-5s-8c-6c board and an all-in from Varkonyi was instantly called by McEvoy, who showed 10c-9d for the nut straight. Varkonyi, meanwhile, tabled Jd 5c for bottom pair and a straight flush draw, but in reality the 4c was the only card in the deck that could help him and the river did not oblige to hand McEvoy victory.
McEvoy’s win was a score for the old-school pros on a final table that also boasted Doyle Brunson, Dan Harrington, Berry Johnson and Jim Bechtel, with their combined experience ultimately proving too much for the likes of more recent champions Peter Eastgate and Carlos Mortensen.
2006 Main Event winner Jamie Gold, meanwhile, was the first player out of the event and was followed in swift succession by 2003 champ Chris Moneymaker.