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.
Big Buck Hunter
Tour Prize Purse: $50,000
Credit: Courtesy Big Buck Hunter HD
Championship: Big Buck World Championship, October 24 and 25, 2014, in Minneapolis
Rules: Blow away video-game animals.
Odds: All Big Buck Hunter HD machines are connected to the mother brain at company headquarters. If you score well in the qualifying period (August 18 to September 28), you go to the world championship. "Top prize is $15,000," says company president George Petro. "Different people have been winning. It'd be fun to have a LeBron James of Big Buck Hunter, but you want people to have a chance. And they do."