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Poker's World Series of Golf Signs 13-Episode Deal

Ivey, Negreanu, Lindgren, Cunningham, and Ferguson Have All Played in the Past

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Phil Ivey has played in the World Series of Golf before.It’s golf with poker rules and a lot of money on the line. And now, there will be 13 episodes of it on TV.

The World Series of Golf announced this week that it had made an agreement with cable network WGN America to broadcast its tournament over 13 episodes. The high-stakes golf tournament had previously been under a three-year contract with CBS, but it opted out of that deal for WGN for more flexibility, according to WSOG President Terry Leiweke.

The World Series of Golf features amateur golfers with a lot of gamble in them. Each player must put up $10,000 to enter, and the winner of the tournament will look to rake in about $300,000 this year.

The WSOG, influenced by the many poker players who participate in the tournament, has a unique format. Players must put up monetary antes before each hole, with betting rounds after each round of shots. Unlike normal stroke play, where the furthest from the hole shoots first, each hole features a rotating button, just like poker, so that positional strategy is always at the forefront of the game.

This year’s tournament will run the week of May 11 in Las Vegas, with $700,000 in payouts and the top 25 players paid.

In the past, a number of notable poker pros have participated in the event. Phil Ivey showed up to the inaugural event in 2007 via his private helicopter, while other pros chose more traditional methods of transportation. Daniel Negreanu, Erick Lindgren, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Brandon Adams, and David Oppenheim have all played in the event.

While the event is popular among poker’s elite, it is by no means an exclusive tournament. All amateurs are welcome — provided they have not made more than $50,000 on the golf course before and comply with the tournament’s eligibility rules. Even comedian Ray Romano hit the links for last year’s event.

For more information on the event, go to the World Series of Golf homepage.

 
 
 
 

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PokerJoeK
over 12 years ago

COOL!!!

 
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ZionKid
over 12 years ago

so the amatuers cant have mon 50k on a course but the pros poker players can have... What the fck... if "While the event is popular among poker’s elite, it is by no means an exclusive tournament. All amateurs are welcome â?? provided they have not made more than $50,000 on the golf course before and comply with the tournament’s eligibility rules. Even comedian Ray Romano hit the links for last year’s event. " Is true then half the poker players normal action on a hole at shadow creek... nullifies them from competition...

 
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ImtheBoss
over 12 years ago

Is this going to be televised? Can I watch it in CA? How can I find out? Thanks!

 
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