The World Series of Beer Pong, which has long called Flamingo Las Vegas home, will move to the Riviera for its annual festival of extreme liver damage and trash-talking.
The event will be Jan. 1-5, 2015, and contestants from around the world will compete for a $50,000 grand prize. Yes, American dollars.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the World Series of Beer Pong.
In case you never attended college, beer pong is played with two-person teams, each at the end of an eight-foot-long table. Each side of the table has 10 16-ounce cups, filled with water. (Yes, water. They were going to call it the World Series of Water Pong, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it.) The teams take turns tossing ping-pong balls into the cups of the opposing team. If the ball goes in, that cup is removed. The first team to eliminate its opponents cups wins.
While the use of water instead of beer may sound like a buzzkill, trust us, beer is consumed in ample quantities. The event organizers switched to water in 2014 to avoid showing beer on-air during TV coverage.
Making the competition extraordinarily fun is the fact teams often dress in costume, sometimes offensively so. Also, a big part of the beer pong experience is verbal intimidation. Watching the World Series of Beer Pong is not only entertaining, you are likely to also learn a few new words.
Registration is now open for this year’s festivities. Registration starts at $500 per player and includes a four-night stay at Riviera.
Sound steep? An astonishing $500,000 in prizes has been awarded at World Series of Beer Pong competitions since the organization’s inception.
The World Series of Beer Pong is a uniquely Vegas event, so let the good times froth.