World Series of Beer Pong

Beer Pong for $50,000.  No wonder the terrorists hate us.  What are the odds that ESPN is airing this by 2009?

The three day “competitive beer pong extravaganza” wraps up tomorrow at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Vegas (been there 5 times in the last two years, and I have no idea where that is).  It’s the third year of the event, which started with a $10,000 prize in 2005.  Last year, fresh out of the University of Michigan, Jason Coben and Nick Velissaris beat out more than 160 other competitors to split the $10,000 prize.

But beer pong isn’t just about drinking, according to WSOBP co-founder Billy Gaines:

“What we’re trying to do with this event is diminish the potential negative aspects of beer pong so we can focus on the positive characteristics of the game: the competition, the socialization, and having a good time. Besides, the growing popularity of beer pong necessitated a national event, which, as fanatical beer pong players ourselves, we are happy to provide.”

There is an official World Series of Beer Pong Web site, too, with all kinds of equipment, clothing, and updates from the tournament.  And, for those of you too lazy to actually throw ping pong balls at beer cups, even better news–there’s Beer Pong for the Nintendo Wii as well!

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