Full Tilt Poker.net World Series of Golf inks multi-year deal with CBS Sports
LAS VEGAS -- The Full Tilt Poker.net World Series of Golf, often described as the most innovative golf event since the Skins Game, has engaged in a multi-year domestic U.S. broadcast partnership with network television's sports leader, CBS Sports. The 2008 World Series of Golf is set to air June 28 and 29.
A TV sports special presentation that features all the thrill of golf with the intrigue of a reality program, the World Series of Golf features up to 125 amateur players competing for a top prize of $250,000 in an innovative golf format that combines the skill of golf with the betting savvy of Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
"The World Series of Golf is about the characters in the game, and our television broadcast will highlight this unique group of personalities," said Terry Leiweke, president of the World Series of Golf. "The players in our event are golfers that any average guy can relate to. They talk trash, they love to gamble, and on any given day, they could drain a 20-foot putt with some real money on the line."
Played in a patent-pending method of play, The Full Tilt Poker.net World Series of Golf 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 raise, call, check or fold on subsequent shots, with the winner of the hole collecting the pot. The result is a dramatic competition in which every shot counts, and betting strategy is just as important as skill. As in poker, when a player no longer has any chips to ante up, that player is eliminated. The winner of each group moves onto the next round until the final group yields the golfer who is crowned the champion of the World Series of Golf. The event will be played May 12-15 at the Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas.
This year's telecast is scheduled to air June 28 and 29 on CBS Sports. Check local listings for broadcast times and details.
2007 World Series of Golf Recap
The 2007 inaugural World Series of Golf event was hosted by the Mirage Hotel & Casino and aired on national television in June 2007 and earned a viewership of more than 2-million domestic viewers. The event included 60 amateur golfers with Mark Ewing, a 31-year-old day-trader from Newport Beach, Calif., taking home the top prize of $250,000. Notable personalities playing in the inaugural tournament included poker stars Phil Ivey, Phil Gordon and Rhett Butler, former NFL quarterback Mark Dyle, and former major league baseball player, Dusty Allen.
About The World Series of Golf
The World Series of Golf is a sports and entertainment company founded in 2004 whose activities include land based golf events, media and an online, skill-based method of play for the game of golf. The company's first land-based amateur golf tournament took place in Las Vegas in 2007 and is the basis and launch pad for subsequent events internationally and for the company's overall strategy to leverage its patent-pending method of play, which combines the skill of golf and the wagering format of Texas Hold 'Em poker, into a leading global event and online enterprise. The company plans to achieve its objectives through strategic partnerships, sponsorships and the founders' extensive experience and contacts in the sports world and broadcasting.
For additional information or to register for an event, visit www.worldseriesofgolf.com.
About Full Tilt Poker
Full Tilt Poker is the host of a worldwide virtual poker cardroom service. It is not in the business of betting or wagering and does not participate in the games as a player. It merely provides a service to those who wish to test their skills against other players. It is duly regulated and licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and in the United Kingdom by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. "Team Full Tilt," is a select group of the world's finest professional poker players, including Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Phil Gordon, John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, and Allen Cunningham. With innovative graphics, superior customer service and a safe, secure interface, the software is geared to enhance and personalize the online poker experience. Although virtual poker is legal where the games are hosted and played, it may not be legal where individual players are located. Players at all skill levels may download the software at http://www.FullTiltPoker.net but it is their responsibility to determine if participating in the games is permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction where they are located.
May 13, 2008