Carnegie Mellon is an elite university known for its science and technology programs. Its alumni include billionaires Vinod Khosla and David Tepper, former CEOs of Bank of America, General Motors, Sunoco and Xerox as well as Nobel Prize winners (A Beautiful Mind subject John Forbes Nash among others). It is not all work and no play at CMU though. Two of its grads have taken the college drinking game of beer pong (also known as Beirut) off the keg and party circuit and turned it into a business with competitions, merchandise and an active community of players on its website.
Billy Gaines and Duncan Carroll met at CMU in 1999 while on the school swim team. “I love the game of beer pong because of the competitive nature and social aspect,” says Gaines who still swims competitively. The two launched bpong.com in 2001 to provide a platform for the game to grow and to unite beer pong players across the country says Duncan. The site provides a forum where players can weigh in things like players who are overrated, satellite tournaments and free agents for big competitions.
Gaines and Carroll organized the first World Series of Beer Pong in 2006. The sixth annual event kicks off Jan. 2 in Las Vegas and $65,000 in prize money is on the line with $50,000 awarded to the top team. The cost is $500 per person which includes entry into the World Series and a four-night stay at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino....MORE