Golf Meet’s Poker ?
Golf Meet’s Poker ?
The World Series of Golf will tee off May 12-17 in Las Vegas, introducing the most exciting golf wagering tournament since the Skins Game. The tournament combines the skill of golf with the wagering savvy of poker and gives amateurs players the opportunity to compete for $750,000 in prize money on NBC.
The World Series of Golf will be played in a patent-pending method of play that allows for high stakes to ride on each and every shot of the tournament. Similar to poker, players must ante up before teeing off at each hole. Depending on the outcome of the tee shots, the player can then can raise, call, check or fold on subsequents shots, with the winner of the hole collecting the pot. Wagers on each individual shot will depend on the player’s position, his confidence about the next shot and the position of his opponents. The result is a competution in which every shot counts and wagering strategy is just as important as skill.
Registration for up to 180 amateur players is now open at www.worldseriesofgolf.com. The buy-in for the tournamen is $10,000. Participants must go through an accreditation process to substantiate their golf handicap.
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Any amateur player who can swing a golf club and pay the entry fee can apply. Additionally, a player may be sponsored by other friends, players, clubs, etc. The World Series of Golf® tournament is strictly an amateur prize tournament and will be governed by the standard rules of golf. There are no handicaps, no strokes in play. Players will be pre-flighted according to skill level with validated handicaps and placed in groups to assure you play against players of similar skill level. This tournament is designed for players with med-high handicaps. The inaugural event will be played in Las Vegas, May, 2007 at The World Series of Golf® home course, Primm Valley. Players will arrive on Sunday, for an extravaganza opening night draw party where the pairings will be assigned. Each player will be allowed to bring a financial advisor/caddy on the course with them.
"THE TEXAS HOLD’EM OF GOLF"
Players ante on each tee. The ante is followed by a pass, bet or fold on each golf shot, combining the skill of golf with the finesse of betting. When a player is out of money, they are out of the hole and out of the tournament. The players do not play against the field; they play against those in their group.
The objective is to win all the money from the other players in the group. Whoever does that, wins the match and advances to the next round. Players are paid after advancing through the first round.
The final group of six players play for $450,000 in prize money, with $250,000 going to the winner. The challenge of this type of competition is to win all the other players’ money in each group in each match. This is not about shooting the lowest score, it’s not a stroke play format. The World Series of Golf® tournament allows players to compete in successive elimination matches and use the pressure of betting and the skills of golf.
The World Series of golf is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, the entertainment capital of the world. No other city is as dedicated to hospitality as Las Vegas. Las Vegas is also one of the world's greatest golf destinations. Designers have etched out their handiwork in the southern Nevada desert — none finer than Tom Fazio masterpiece - Primm Valley.
In the early morning when the desert is pristine and the shadows are long, championship golf course layouts designed by some of the great architects in golf today, come to life.
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Poker golf for high rollers
Thursday, May 17, 2007
PRIMM, Nev. (AP) -- Sixty amateur golfers each ponied up $10,000 to tee off this week in the three-day World Series of Golf tournament that uses poker betting in place of traditional scoring.
Unlike regular golf, it isn't the score that matters most, but how many chips each player has left. Each golfer starts with 10,000.
Players can go all-in after their tee shot, or, if they happen to be in a fairway bunker while their opponents are on the green, can fold, pick up their ball and walk to the next hole. The player with the fewest strokes on the hole wins the pot.
"You could have three good holes and clean someone out," said Terry Leiweke, president of the tournament that airs June 23-24 on NBC. "You don't even need to have a great round."
The grand prize at the World Series of Golf is $250,000.
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Day trader wins World Series of Golf
17 May 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRES RELEASE) -- In an event that combines the wagering format of Texas Hold 'Em with the skill of golf, a day trader from Newport Beach, CA out-matched some of the greatest professional poker players to be crowned the champion of the inaugural World Series of Golf.
Mark Ewing, 31, successfully knocked out poker pros Phil Ivey and Rhett Butler and sealed his victory by betting "all-in" on his approach shot on the 373-yard par-4 16th hole at Primm Valley Golf Club. Ewing was long on the approach shot, but a stiff chip shot and a true three-foot putt allowed the 11-handicapper to win the hole, eliminating his opponents and claiming the $250,000 top prize.
The final round of the World Series of Golf was played in a five-some that paired Ewing with professional poker players Phil Ivey, Rhett Butler, along with Paul Schuller an electrician from Seattle, WA and retired railroad conductor Ken Tanner of Penrose, CO.
The World Series of Golf will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports June 23 and 24.
The World Series of golf combines the wagering format of Texas Hold 'Em with the skill of golf in a patent-pending format that allows for high-stakes to ride on each golf hole. Players ante up on each tee, then can bet, raise, call, check or fold on each subsequent shot. The object of the game is not to shoot the lowest golf score, but rather to claim the pot on each hole, eventually eliminating your opponents by winning all of their chips.
Ewing, once voted the most eligible bachelor in Newport Beach, plans to share his winnings with his caddie, on-course financial advisor and long-time friend, Mike Leblanc. They plan to let their fortunes ride by placing $120,000 of their winnings on a single hand of blackjack at the Mirage Hotel & Casino this evening. The Mirage is the official host hotel of the event.
With a $10,000 buy-in, the event attracted amateur golfers from all across the United States and Canada. Participants represented all walks of life ranging from private equity investors and Las Vegas high-rollers to electricians, construction contractors and even a milkman from Chicago. Three female participants played head-to-head against the mostly male field, including a former Miss Nevada, a former Charlie's Angel and the owner of the 25th largest construction company in the United States.
High-profile participants for the event included:
* Tanya Roberts, actress ("Charlie's Angels," A View to a Kill)
* Phil Gordon, world-class poker pro, author and television host
* Phil Ivey, five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner
* Steve Dannenmann, 2005 World Series of Poker main event runner-up ($4.25 million)
* Rhett Butler, 2006 World Series of Poker main event 5th-place finisher ($3.2 million)
* Max Rubin, Pro gambler, author, TV personality and member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame
* Ken Einiger, World Series of Poker champion and World Series of Blackjack champion
* Blair Rodman, Professional gambler and WSOP Finalist
* Mark Dyle, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos
* Dusty Allen, former major league baseball player
* Michelle Yegge, former Miss Nevada
Poker star Phil Ivey made the commute to Primm Valley Golf Club from his Las Vegas home via private helicopter. Participants also included Denny Robinson, who is the official head judge of the Hawaiian Tropic Pageants for the past 15 years. Russell Warye, an Air Force serviceman just back from Iraq was reunited for the first time with his brother Shane at the tournament.
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World Series of Golf
Officials with the World Series of Golf are planning to bring the event back to Primm Valley Golf Club for an encore next year after Mark Ewing, a professional day trader from Newport Beach, Calif., won the inaugural tournament Wednesday to earn the top prize of $250,000.
The competition, which employs a unique patent-pending wagering format based on a poker tournament, will air on NBC Sports on June 23 and 24. It was sponsored by the Mirage.
The final round of the World Series of Golf was played in a fivesome that included Ewing; poker pros Phil Ivey and Rhett Butler; Paul Schuller, an electrician from Seattle; and Ken Tanner, a retired railroad conductor from Penrose, Colo.
The betting format requires players to ante up on each tee, then bet, raise, call, check or fold on each subsequent shot. The object is not to shoot the lowest golf score, but to win the "pot" on each hole on the way to eventually eliminating your opponents.
Other notables in the 100-player field in the event, which carried a $10,000 buy-in, were poker stars Phil Gordon, Steve Dannenmann and Blair Rodman; World Series of Blackjack winner Ken Einiger; actress Tanya Roberts; and former Miss Nevada Michelle Yegge.