A world pong tournament will be held in Flushing this weekend, offering contestants a chance to show off their skills for prizes.
World Pong Tour will host its first Queens tournament at Place@Main in Flushing on March 15. Starting at 7 p.m., the competition will take place at 36-45 Main St., Second Floor. The venue is typically used as a karaoke lounge or dance studio, but will spend Saturday night dedicated to the sport.
The winners of the tournament will receive up to $2,500 in cash prizes. The prize structure is based on how many teams participate in the event. If there are 30 teams or less, the prize is $1,000. If there are 56 teams or more, the prize is $2,500. The prize amount increases by $250 for each jump in team numbers, which is about five.
With the motto of “Motto is “Bringing People Together One Cup At A Time,” the World Pong Tour was founded in 2006 by Sam Pines, a Marist College student who saw the sport’s potential and decided to capitalize on it. That year, World Pong hosted its first event, in Rochester.
Although pong is typically played as a drinking game, where two players face off to get a ping-pong ball in a cup of alcohol that they have to drink, this tournament uses water. All the focus is placed on the sport itself, not the alcohol consumption. World Pong Tour has hosted alcohol awareness events at college campuses like Adelphi University. To date, World Pong has hosted events in 23 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.
The tournament is a double elimination format with a capacity of 64 teams consisting of two players each.
Registration for the Queens event is $20 per person, though it increases to $25 per player if you wait to do so in person. You must be 21 years or older to compete. If you wish to register, visit www.worldpongtour.com or call (914) 437-5401.