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Aces and Deuces

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Definition: Aces and Deuces, sometimes called Acey Ducey, is a betting game best for groups of four golfers. On each hole, the low score (the "ace") wins an agreed upon amount from the other three players, and the high score (the "deuce") loses an agreed upon amount to the other three players.

The ace bet is usually worth twice the duece bet, but groups can agree on any amount. Ties for either the ace or the duece mean that no money is paid for that bet on that hole; carryovers are optional at the discretion of the group members (decide before the round starts).

It works like this: Let's say the ace bet is for $2 and the duece bet is for $1. On the first hole, Player A scores 4, B makes 5, C makes 5, D makes 6. A is the "ace" and wins $2 each from B, C and D. D is the "deuce" and owes $1 each to A, B and C. So A wins a total of $7 ($2 from each B, C and D, plus another $1 from D for being the "deuce"), B and C have a net loss of $1 (they each pay $2 to A but get $1 from D), and D pays out $5 ($1 to each for being the deuce, plus the $2 owed to A for his "ace" score).

As you can see, this game can get expensive in a hurry if high amounts are used and one or two players dominate. Be sure to play with players of similar skills, or use full handicaps, and to set a reasonable bet amount if you're not a high-roller.

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Also Known As: Acey Ducey
Examples:
"Let's play Aces and Deuces, but to keep it affordable let's set the Ace amount at 10 cents and the Deuce amount at 5 cents."
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