Sunday, April 26, 2009

LAS VEGAS(AP) Organizers of an amateur golf tournament with rules based loosely on poker have signed a deal with cable network WGN America to air the mid-May tournament in 13 one-hour episodes.

The World Series of Golf is also upping its top prize from $250,000 to $300,000, with each player required to pay a $10,000 entry fee to play.

In the unique format, dozens of amateur players bet with poker chips, winning chips when they finish holes in fewer strokes or by forcing opponents to fold.

The tournament aired on CBS last year as part of a three-year deal. But World Series of Golf president Terry Leiweke says the tournament opted out of the network deal this year because he thought cable would bring more flexibility to airing the tournament.

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