The Format


Tournament Format

Each player begins the round with a stake of one million dollars in chips, and a playing group consists of three to six players.

Before teeing off for each hole, each player bets an ante.

The ante starts out at 1% of the opening stake for the round i.e. $10,000, on the first hole of the opening round, and doubles every three holes. After the tee shots, players then check, raise, call bets, or they fold and do not play the rest of that hole.

The betting follows a prescribed order that rotates on each hole, just like “the button” in Hold ’em, and playing of shots follows the same order, unlike traditional golf where the player whose ball is furthest from the hole shoots first on each shot.

The pot is won by the player with the lowest score on each hole, or by the remaining player if all others have folded.

A tie score on a hole (“halved” in match-play parlance) results in a split pot, much like a tie hand in poker.

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