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Strip Poker: Andy Johnson Wins World Series of Golf

Erick Lindgren Places Second

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The second-annual World Series of Golf began Monday at the Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas, and amateur Andy Johnson won the $250,000 first-place prize.

The event was a mix of golf and poker rules. Eighty competitors, including many poker pros, put up the $10,000 buy-in to play. Players had to compete in fours until one eliminated the other three. Each began with the same starting stack of chips. At the beginning of each hole, players antied and then wagered on each shot. On the first hole of the first round, each player anted $100 before hitting their tee shots. After each shot, there was a betting round. Players had the choice of taking the bet or folding. The player with the fewest strokes at the end of each hole, or the one who bet the three other players out, won the pot for that hole. The ante doubled every three holes.

The final round was played with five players, which were Johnson, Erick Lindgren, Allen Cunningham, Bill Spencer, and Dee Tiller. Lindgren finished second for $60,000.

This year’s World Series of Golf is scheduled to run June 28-29 on CBS.

Last year, it was Mark Ewing who won the inaugural event, held at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. The 31-year-old day-trader from Newport Beach defeated 60 players and took home $250,000.