Monday, June 23, 2008

‘World Series Of Golf’ Ups The Ante On The Links

LAS VEGAS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The game of golf is taking a gamble and getting a ballsy, Las Vegas-inspired makeover.

The World Series of Golf combines the wagering format of Texas Hold ‘Em poker with regular golf and turns the sport into an all-out gamble on the green.

At each high-stakes hole, players ante up on the tee, and then bet, raise, call, check, or fold on each shot.

The object of the game is to claim the pot on each hole and eliminate opponents by winning all of their chips.

World Series of Golf president Terry Leiweke says golf and gambling go hand-in-hand because golfers are notorious for betting on the course, whether it’s $2 or $10,000 per hole.

To play in the Series – which is based out of Vegas and offers a first-place cash prize of $250,000 – Leiweke says it’s more important to be a good gambler than golfer because managing your money is the No. 1 strategy of the game.

Instead of typical golf caddies, Series golfers have “financial advisors” on the course who, in Leiweke’s words are, “flat-out gamblers” who help players hedge their bets.

The World Series of Golf airs this weekend (Jun. 28-29) on CBS.

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