The sports you played in college are paying off in a big way. No, not football or basketball — think beer pong, foosball, and your favorite tailgating games. With tons of tournaments around the country and a few around the world, tour prize purse amounts for games are more than enough to pay off student loan debt, reaching thousands and millions for some. And the bragging rights are worth even more.
Tour Prize Purse: $65,000
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Championship: World Series of Beer Pong X, January 1–5, 2015, in Las Vegas
Rules: Fill cups; throw ping-pong balls into your opponents' cups to make them drink, and then throw away their cup. First team out of cups loses.
Odds: Tournament beer pong's rule book has a surprising loophole: You don't have to drink the beer. "Actually, we just use water. We can't really force people to get drunk," WSOBP founder Billy Gaines says. "And this blew my mind, but some college kids don't even use beer anymore. I think that makes them pussies, but, you know."