June 17, 2010
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Organizers hope a nationwide tournament and a $25,000 first prize will help put a respectable face on something that started as a college drinking game.
The World Beer Pong Tour held its championships Tuesday at the Resorts Atlantic City casino in New Jersey, where hundreds of two-man teams competed to see who could toss ping pong balls into 10 water-filled cups first. Normally the cups are filled with beer the losing team drinks.
Tour commissioner Sam Pines says it's not about getting drunk. He says the tour is about competition, skill and having fun.
But not everyone got the message. Unemployed 25-year-old Brian Bailey says all he does every day is drink beer and toss ping pong balls at cups.
A team from Sacramento, Calif., called Drinkin' Smokin' Straight West Coastin' claimed the top prize.
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