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Gambling Game Explainer: How to Play Eighty-One With Your Golf Pals

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So you only have three players and can’t round out that foursome for your big -- or small -- money game? No big deal, there are plenty of fun gambling games for threesomes.

One of them is called Eighty-One (also called 5-3-1). Let’s get into it.

HOW TO PLAY

The game get its name since there are nine holes a side (81 total points), and nine points are awarded on every hole.

Unless there are ties, points are distributed 5-3-1 for each hole. The player with the best score gets 5 points, the second-best score gets 3 points and the worst score gets 1 point.

If there is a tie after the first finisher, both golfers receive 2 points each (5-2-2). If there is a tie for the best score, both golfers get 4 points each and the third player gets 1 (4-4-1). If all three players tie on the hole it’s 3 points apiece (3-3-3).

When your round is over, the highest point total wins. Easy enough? We think so too.

Remember, you can always tinker with the scoring system if you like, and you can start fresh on each nine or make your game an 18-hole match.

Just make sure you still have enough cash left in your wallet to tip your caddie.

Photo:

Jordan Spieth (right) once won $1 from Grayson Murray during a practice round for the AJGA Thunderbird International in 2010. I wonder what gambling game they were playing?

 

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