Canadians Kara Scott and Griffin Benger Emerge From the Shark Cage
Canadian poker presenter and player Kara Scott won heat seven of PokerStars.net Shark Cage. Kara defeated Miss Finland 2012, Sara Chafak, heads-up to book her seat in the $1,000,000 winner-take-all final table in London.
Kara will join heat five winner and fellow Canadian poker pro Griffin 'flush_entity' Benger. The online poker phenom and former pro gamer, Benger defeated Canadian 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, American NHL legend Jeremy Roenick, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Igor Kurganov, and online qualifier Zuzana Borosova.
The Shark Cage is a unique, new, made-for-TV poker format. The six players in each heat start with one million in chips. Player must make each move within 30 seconds or play one of their two timebank chips. If a pot reaches the river, players may use either a "value" or a "bluff" bet card. If the player using the "bluff" card gets called and has the worst hand, they must spend an entire orbit in the shark cage. However, if the player using the "bluff" card gets their opponent to fold a better hand, the opponent will be sent to the cage.
The cage is set up in front of the table where the player is locked inside and must face their table mates while they play on. The player is usually faced with needling and banter from the players at the table and must watch on through the cage while their blinds and antes get surrendered to the pot.
Scott was a one-woman wrecking crew en route to the victory. She eliminated all but Eugene Katchalov, who was eliminated first in the single-table tournament. She then bounced Ronnie Bardah, Jean-Robert Bellande, Gunther Steinbach, and finally it was Miss Finland’s time to hit the rail.
Scott is a great poker player, but she's mostly known in the poker community as the face of many of poker’s television broadcasts. Scott has been the host of the Work Poker Tour, World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, High Stakes Poker, and got her start as the host of the award winning show Poker Night Live. Earlier this year we sat down with Scott to ask about her years in poker and her Canadian roots. Check out the interview here.
Our two Canadian hopes will join online qualifier Gareth Coles, German high roller Philipp Gruissem, former Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren-Mitchell, billionaire businessman Bill Perkins, England National Rugby player Mike Tindall, and the winner of the eighth and final heat in London to play for the winner-take-all prize of $1,000,000.
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