The second annual World Series of Golf has come to an end, and Andrew “AJ” Johnson walked away with the honor of winning the event and the $250,000 first-place prize. The Full Tilt Poker sponsored golf tournament will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports on June 28 and 29.
The field of 80 players boasted of a wide range of talent on the golf course, with a number of celebrities and poker pros in the mix. Ray Romano and John Daly brought up the celebrity quotient, while Allen Cunningham, Erick Lindgren, Phil Ivey, Tom Schneider, Phil Gordon, Daniel Negreanu and Chris Ferguson rounded out the poker pro side. There was also one female player – Emily Jilette, wife of magician Penn Jilette. Anyone was welcome to play if they could pay the $10,000 entry fee.
In the final round of play, it was Cunningham, Lindgren, Dee Tiller, Bill Spencer, and Andrew Johnson who teed up for the big prize, with Johnson besting Lindgren with a 163-yard par three shot on the first playoff hole. Lindgren, a member of Team Full Tilt, represented well and took home $60,000 for his efforts. Johnson, a 36-year old car salesman from Michigan, was thrilled with his victory.
Johnson said, “This is a once in a lifetime experience. I’ve never played anything like this, and I’ve already paid my entry fee for next year.”
The World Series of Golf was established to combine the betting format of Texas hold’em poker with the skill of golf. Players anted up on each tee and furthered their action on each shot thereafter by betting, raising, calling, checking, or folding. The object of the game was to scoop the pot on each hole, and players were eliminated by losing all of their betting chips.
Las Vegas’ Paiute Golf Resort was home to the action, which was sponsored with Full Tilt Poker. The partnership was a groundbreaking one that welcomed an online poker company into the world of golf – a major sporting event to be aired on CBS Sports. While only time will tell if these types of sponsorships will be a growing trend, it is likely that the world of poker and golf will continue to bond on the golf course at future World Series of Golf tournaments.
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