The 9-Point Game is a hole-by-hole betting game for a threesome. There are nine points, whose wagering value is determined before play starts, available at each hole. The participants play their own ball at medal play, gross or net. They earn a portion of the available points by their success against each of their two opponents:
or illustrated another way:
and in case of ties:
Since the 9-Point Game is essentially a betting technique, the players decide before play what each “point” is worth, then pay (or collect from) their opponents the value of the difference in their points. Over 18 holes, there are a total of 162 points available. The most one player can win or lose is 108 points. A good “training” value for new-comers to the 9-Point Game is dimes – $.10 per point.
The game can be extended to groups of 4, 5 or 6 players and the accounting becomes more complex for each additional player, and the points available at each hole increase:
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