Team “Drinkin Smokin Straight West Coastin” Wins $50,000 at 8th Annual World Series of Beer Pong
BPONG.com announced that Timothy Findley and Mike Seivert from Sacramento, Cal. playing under team name “Drinkin Smokin Straight West Coastin,” have earned the title of The Eighth Annual World Series of Beer Pong® (WSOBP VIII) champions. A $50,000 grand prize check was presented to the winners by the WSOBP founders during Friday night’s finale in Las Vegas. The World Series of Beer Pong is the largest, longest-running beer pong tournament in the world.
After 50 rounds, the tournament came down to the top four teams, where “The Blueprint” faced off against “Smashing Time”, a two-time WSOBP champion in 2009 and 2010. During the close battle, team “Smashing Time” took the first game in order to face “Drinkin Smokin Straight West Coastin” who won their face off against team “Captain Esquire”. The event was decided by the final cup, which was sunk by Mike to give “Drinkin Smokin Straight West Coastin” the win. Ross Hampton of “DangeRoss”, this year’s East vs. West champion, and part of last year’s Edwardsville, Ill. based “Seek n Destroy,” which won last year’s event, congratulated the duo by giving them the last cup, the balls from the winning game and a BPONG™ Rack Kit.
Findley and Seivert are each $25,000 richer after making it through 22 games and some tough competition. A new international ranking of beer pong players is now available at www.bpong.com.
“The World Series of Beer Pong strives to provide players with the chance to play against the best of the best in beer pong,” said Billy Gaines, WSOBP co-founder. “This year’s event was a huge success thanks to all of the teams, sponsors, and supporters who came out to experience this one of a kind tournament.”
This year’s event drew nearly 400 teams from 48 U.S. states and 14 countries, as well as more than a thousand spectators who received free passes to the premier of 21 & Over, a sponsor of the tournament. Some players were skilled winners of the more than 200 satellite qualifiers; others simply paid the entry fee to enjoy the fun, camaraderie and sportsmanship. All had a chance at the prize money with a guaranteed 12 games over two days and the chance to advance to the finals on day three. In addition to the main competition, several side events were held, including East vs. West, Men’s and Women’s Singles, and a costume contest, with prize money totaling $70,000.
The sport of beer pong is simple. Two teams stand at opposite ends on an 8-foot-long table, where ten 16-ounce cups, filled with roughly 4 ounces of beer or another liquid, are placed in a bowling-pin formation. Each team takes turns tossing beer pong balls (similar to table tennis balls) at their opponent’s cup formation. If a ball goes into a cup, the cup is removed from the game. The first team to eliminate its entire opponent’s cups wins.
At the World Series of Beer Pong sporting event, four of the ten cups are filled with water. Many of the 160 teams who advanced to the final day of WSOBP VIII opted to drink water instead of beer. In an effort to go green, this year’s event provided each player with his or her own BPONG® Basics Starter Kit of 22 personal cups and two balls for personal use, and re-use throughout the tournament. The WSOBP is the largest organized beer pong tournament in the nation. For more information, visit www.bpong.com.