|When||January 1-5, 2015|
|Where||Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV|
The World Series of Beer Pong is the largest, longest-running organized beer pong (aka Beirut) tournament in the world, created by beer pong players, for beer pong players. Past events have drawn over 1,000 participants from 45 U.S. States and 5 Canadian Provinces, offering the largest payout in beer pong history of a $65,000+ prize pool. Games are played on 8-foot BPONG Tables, and WSOBP Rules govern all gameplay. Players may buy-in to the event at any time prior to Dec. 8, 2014, or they may choose to win their way to the event by competing in an official Satellite Tournament. For other questions,please review the FAQ, and remember to pong happy.
Attention: Before emailing us with questions, READ THE F.A.Q.!
What are the age requirements?
All persons attending The WSOBP, including both players and spectators, must be 21+ at the time of their attendance.
How much does it cost to register?
The full retail price without hotel is US$299/person. The full retail price with hotel is US$500/person (US$1000/team), which includes tournament entry and your 4-night hotel stay at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
We do, however, offer the following early bird specials, which will help you save some money:
- $425/player* ($850/team*) with hotel if you register by July 15, 2014.
- $475/player* ($950/team*) with hotel if you register by October 15, 2014.
- $500/player* ($1000/team*) with hotel if you register before the deadline of December 8, 2014.
- $299/player* ($598/team*) without hotel if you register before the deadline of December 25, 2014.
All packages “with hotel” above are for you to room with one additional player. If you wish to pay more, you may get a room for yourself, but your teammate must then pay the additional amount for his/her own room or must room with another player.
Registration prices will increase to $550*/person with hotel if they occur after the December 8th deadline and before December 12th. All registrations with hotel after December 12th will be $600*/person and subject to availability.
*Prices do not include Eventbrite ticketing fees.
I’m certain I am going to win free entry into your event. Should I still register and pay?
Yes! First, by registering early, you will pay a lower price in case you fail to win a Satellite event. Second, it helps us out a lot to know what kind of attendance to expect so we can better plan.
Note that if you register for The WSOBP and later earn or win a free registration, e.g., through a Satellite event, we will issue a refund, as described in the refund policy below.
What is the refund policy?
In general, we are unable to offer refunds to players that register for the event but fail to attend. There are some notable exceptions:
- We will offer a full refund to a player, if the player so requests, that register for the event and subsequently wins or earns a bid through an approved means.
- We may, at our sole discretion, issue full or partial refunds to players for unexpected personal reasons (e.g., death in the family, military duty).
- In the event that a player is not entitled to a refund, the player may transfer the event registration to another player, subject to the Transfer Policy.
Do you guys run the Satellite events?
No. Most all Satellite events are run by independent third parties, often organizers or bars, under a license agreement with us. If you have a problem at a Satellite event, you must therefore address the problem with the organizer. Nonetheless, we appreciate hearing your feedback, both good and bad, so we can attempt to prevent future problems from occurring if a licensee is not running good events with our brand.
I won a Satellite event. Now what?
After winning a WSOBP Satellite event, the event organizer must send us your information. We will then create a registration for you, and you will receive an automated email confirming your registration into The WSOBP.
The registration email (i.e., the bid) will be sent within 7 business days of us receiving the Satellite event winner information from the organizer, contingent upon full and complete payment of all fees due to us by the organizer.
What is the Transfer Policy?
Transfers may only be made to players that have not yet signed up for The WSOBP and/or have not yet won or earned entry into The WSOBP.
The transfer fee of $25.00 (plus Eventbrite ticketing fees) per transfer may be paid by any person, i.e., the transferor, the transferee, or any third party. The transfer will not occur until the transfer fee is paid.
All transfers must occur within 30 days of us sending a registration email confirming registration for the event.
What is the Restriction Policy for players that are able to play in Satellite events?
We do not have any restriction policies for third party events. Organizers, however, have the right to restrict entry into their events at their sole discretion, subject to adhering to all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
How do I run a Satellite tournament if I am a bar or organizer?
All WSOBP Satellite tournaments must be run under a license agreement with Beer Pong Events, LLC. Don’t worry, though, it’s fairly easy and straightforward. We also give incentives to bars/organizers that run multiple Satellite events.
What rules do you play by?
The WSOBP Rules are the official rules of the WSOBP.
What is the structure of the tournament?
- Jan.1 – (Registration): All teams check in to the host hotel and register with WSOBP Staff.
- Jan.2 – (Prelims): Each team plays 6 randomly-paired games (tentative)
- Jan.3 – (Prelims): Each team plays 6 randomly-paired games (tentative)
- Jan.4 – (Finals): Approximately 1/3 of the field will remain to compete on the final day. A bracket system will be used to determine the champion. (tentative)
- Jan.5: Check-out of hotel.
Do I have to stay at the host hotel?
No. Although we strongly encourage all participants to stay at the host hotel because it adds to the overall experience to have all pongers hangout throughout the days of the tournament, we understand that people often have access to better options off property, e.g., though comps.
Do I need to win a Satellite Tournament to enter?
No. You may register to play time.
Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?
When do I need to arrive on Jan.1?
You and your teammate must arrive prior to 8:00 PM on Jan.1, at which point you must both register with WSOBP Staff.
Can I check out The WSOBP X as a spectator?
Yes, but we like to call them “party passes” since there really aren’t any spectators; every person, whether playing for the big money or not, is there for a party and fun. Party pass options will be available in the months prior to the event and available in person at the door. More info TBA.
What is beer pong vs. beirut?
At some schools, beer pong is a game played with paddles, and the object of the game is to use the paddles to knock a ping pong ball into your opponent’s cup. Beirut probably evolved from this sense of beer pong, and it is the term that definitively describes the game in which the players attempt to throw a ping pong ball into an opponent’s cup. At many locations, however, beer pong and Beirut are synonymous, as it is on this site. Wherever you see beer pong (or pong for short) throughout .::BeerPong.com::., we are most often referring to the game in which the players actually throw the ball.
Why do you allow leaning at The World Series of Beer Pong™?
This has always been heavily debated, and we’ve spent hundreds (literally) of hours trying to get the best rules possible. So, here’s the short version. The main problem with leaning is fairness, dispute minimization, and enforcement.
First, how do you enforce that when you have 50 tables running (we can’t have 50 refs out there)? People have to enforce it themselves. In EVERY tournament I’ve seen with an elbow rule, people are always bitching, “Your elbow crossed the table.” Now, some people are right, some are wrong, some are trying to get in the opponent’s head. Inany of those situations, (and especially when big money is on the line) people’s tempers can flare. Verbal confrontations can escalate and lead to physical confrontations, and with 500+ people in the venue, we can’t have this shit. Thus, we wanted to minimize disputes (and then there aren’t enforcement problems).
Then we come to fairness: with big money on the line, we have to be fair, and we’ve got to get it right. Determining whether a person’s elbow crossed the line is semi-subjective. What if it’s the championship game and maybe that guy’s/girl’s elbow crossed the table? I make the wrong call, I cost a team $20,000 (or more). I don’t want that.
That’s the short explanation. Here’s a final thought: we’re always open to changing things up, but we’ve spent a lot of time considering this point and taken a shitload of input from other people. Most (especially those that have seen our events) are in agreement that we’ve made the right call. Now, if some 7’9″ mother fucker shows up and starts running tables, we’ll reconsider stuff (or maybe just cut off his arms).
I heard you guys play beer pong with water. Is that true?
Sort of. The World Series of Beer Pong, held annually in Las Vegas, has previously used beer in the front 6 cups of the beer pong rack. However, there are a number of places in the US where playing beer pong with beer is not allowed in bars. Therefore, you will often see beer pong played with water in local tournaments. For the first time, we intend to use water in all cups at The WSOBP X, mostly for logistical and health reasons.
What is a World Series of Beer Pong Satellite™ Tournament?
This is a tournament held at a local bar or venue where the winning team will receive a free paid entrance into The World Series of Beer Pong. This includes all registration fees, as well as a four night hotel stay at host property.
How do I run a World Series of Beer Pong Satellite Tournament?
Running a Satellite Tournament is easy, and we can walk you through the entire process. If you are interested in running a Satellite Tournament, please contact us here.
Will you guys help me sponsor and/or put together a phat beer pong / beirut tournament?
Does a bear shit in the woods? Hell yeah, we have many options that may suit your needs. “Flexibility” is our middle name. Check out our “Contact” page to send us an email. We’ll get back to you ASAP to start working on a custom solution to meet your beer pong needs.
How much does it cost to play in The World Series of Beer Pong?
The full retail price of the cheapest package costs $500/person ($1,000/team). This INCLUDES a four night stay at host hotel on the Vegas Strip. We will offer discounted prizes for those that signup early (and unfortunately charge more for those extreme procrastinators).
What are the official rules of beer pong?
You can find the Official Rules of The World Series of Beer Pong here.
I love what you guys are doing, and would love to become a sponsor. Is that possible?
Sure. Just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you immediately..
One or both of my parents would like to play beer pong with me. Is that cool?
Absolutely. Family pong tournaments and family pong nights can be some of the best. You certainly get to see who was born with skill and who had to learn the game.
I’m not very good at beer pong. Should I play in a beer pong tournament anyway?
Absolutely. While beer pong tournaments can be highly competitive, they are also a lot of fun. They’re a great way to hang out, meet new people, and talk a little trash to someone you’ve never met.