The final episode of the second season of Shark Cage was broadcast a few days ago in the United States. The PokerStars sponsored show has concluded with the dream scenario, Phil Ivey meeting Daniel Negreanu heads up for the title. The duel made for compelling viewing, and finished with Canadian pro Negreanu taking the $1 million prize.
When the line ups were announced for the show, there was clearly no shortage of talent, with Maria Ho, Andre Akkari, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Shahade, Phil Ivey, and Daniel Negreanu eventually making up the final table. If the producers could have hand picked the final two players to play heads up for victory, they would have chosen Ivey and Negreanu. The perfect scenario played out precisely that way, which will undoubtedly help boost viewing figures. PokerStars must have been delighted with how everything played out, with the two main protagonists exciting audiences with their exchanges of words and pots at the final table.
At the start of their heads up duel, there was only a small difference in the chip counts, which gave the two poker legends a near level playing field on which to fight it out. It became a glorious night for Kid Poker as he succeeded Griffin Benger as Shark Cage champion. After a heartbreaking summer where he finished 11th in the Main Event, you have to say that he deserved this one. Phil Ivey went home empty handed, with Shark Cage being a winner takes all format.