Dare to dream. That's the story of Mark Ewing. Or maybe dare to be daring. It worked for Ewing, who turned his $10,000 buy-in and won $250,000 by winning the inaugural World Series of Golf on Wednesday.
Ewing, an entrepreneur and day trader took his 10-handicap and beat out the 60-player fiend, which included two pro-poker players, a former railroad conductor, and an electrician. All this from a guy who quit his job two months ago to"take some risks." Not too shabby, my friend. It's risky enough to quit your job to try and do something risky. But to spend $10,000 to buy your way into three day golf tournament? That is the epitome of risk. It should be noted that Ewing had the help of two investors, who each paid a third of the entry, and served as his caddies and betting advisors. But still.
"I resigned two months ago as the VP of sales for a commercial construction company to pursue other opportunities and to take some risks in life," Ewing said. "This is great. This is awesome. There's no better way to spend a week in Vegas."
The inaugural golf tournament was held at the Primm Valley Golf Club, nearly 40 miles south of Sin City. In true Vegas fashion, the tournament used poker betting in place of traditional scoring.
The players in the field began Monday with $10,000 in chips, meticulously accounted for by a croupier who tallied the round of betting before each shot. Players could go all-in after their tee shot, or fold, pick up their ball and walk to the next hole if they hit a bad shot. The player with the fewest strokes on the hole won the pot for that hole.The fun wasn't over for Ewing. What do you do after winning the World Series of Golf? Not go to Disneyland! You bet!
"We're going to blow $40,000 on one hand of blackjack when we get back to The Mirage," Ewing said.
Said in true Vegas fashion.