Everyone who plays the sport of beer pong thinks they're the best, but -- until now -- there's never been a technology to prove it.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) December 14, 2011
BPONG.COM, founder of the largest and longest running beer pong tournament in the world, is excited to announce the debut of its Official BPONG® Rankings of statistical data on beer pong. This is the first ranking of beer pong players designed to answer the question, “Who is the best in the world at the sport of beer pong?” The rankings, which are available for preview at http://www.bpong.com/rankings/explanation, will officially debut during the 7th Annual World Series of Beer Pong® (WSOBP VII), being held at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Jan. 1-5, 2012. The deadline to sign up for the event, which pays $50,000 to the winning team, has been extended to Dec. 30, 2011. For more information and to guarantee your spot in the event, visit http://www.bpong.com/wsobp.
“From fraternities to backyards to happy hours and bars across the world, everyone who plays the sport of beer pong thinks they’re the best, but – until now – there’s never been a technology available to prove it,” said Benjamin “Skinny” Solnik, director of tournaments and technology for BPONG.COM. “We’ve designed an Elo ranking derivative specifically for beer pong statistics that will compare and analyze standings in real-time so players know how they stack up against beer pong players across the country and the globe.”
The rankings currently include statistics on players who have participated in any of the past six World Series of Beer Pong events or the Return to Mesquite tournament. BPONG.COM plans to expand the rankings to a comprehensive program that offers a way to track results from virtually any casual and official game played across the globe, whether players use beer, water, soda or another liquid. Details will be announced during the opening ceremonies of The WSOBP VII on Tuesday, January 2 at 11 a.m. pacific, from the Sunset Ballroom at the Flamingo Las Vegas.
Solnik, who earned degrees in math and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, adds that the new program and ranking system will go beyond tracking individual players to answer the question, “Which college, fraternity, bar, restaurant and city boast the best beer pong players?”
According to the rankings, Andrew DeCaluwe from Mount Prospect, Ill., currently holds the top spot among more than 2,400 nationally and internationally ranked beer pong players. Although DeCaluwe has an 82 percent win rating, has won several Satellite Tournaments, placed 2nd in the 2010 World Series of Beer Pong and 3rd in last year’s WSOBP, he has never won the main event. Reigning World Series of Beer Pong VI champions Dan Range and Nick Syrigos from the Saint Louis, Mo.-based team “Standing Ovation” currently rank 2nd and 6th respectively. Christopher Gravel (ranked no. 16), who hails from Dollard-des-ormeaux, Quebec, Canada, is tops outside the U.S. And the best female player (ranked no. 1970) is Kimberly Breen, who hails from Las Vegas, home to the World Series of Beer Pong.
“If you’ve ever wanted to see how you stack up against the best beer pong players in the world, The World Series of Beer Pong is place to do it and this is definitely the year to be there,” says Billy Gaines, event co-founder. “In addition to paying $65,000 in prizes, we’re announcing a program that we expect will revolutionize the sport of beer pong.”
The 2012 World Series of Beer Pong, sponsored by NüVo™ Condoms and Twang® Beer Salt, is expected to draw more than 500 teams from at least 48 U.S. states/districts and nearly a dozen countries. Players get a guaranteed 12 games, free NuVo Condoms, and a first look at the ranking system and program. Players who want to guarantee their spot in the WSOBP VII must register online at http://www.bpong.com/wsobp by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2011. Packages start at $500 per person and include a four-night hotel stay, entrance into the WSOBP VII and spot in the rankings. Additionally, spectator passes will be available at the door during the 3-day event.
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