Recher Theatre hosts the annual World Series of Flip Cup

Teams from across the country will complete for a $1,000 grand prize

May 20, 2010|By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun

Who says drinking games can't be taken seriously?

Flip cup, a game typically played in college frat houses, steps into the limelight Saturday when the Recher Theatre hosts the annual World Series of Flip Cup. Flip cup is an international sport, apparently.

Now in its fifth year, the World Series of Flip Cup is a chance for aficionados to showcase their drinking- game prowess. In the game, teams of six players compete to see who can chug a cup filled with beer or water, set it on the edge of the table upside down and flip it upright with one hand. The winning team will go home with a $1,000 grand prize, a trophy and custom flip-cup table.

About 30 teams are entered in Saturday's tournament, according to founder/organizer Joe Hilseberg. Few of the teams are from Baltimore — most come from other states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas.

"The Baltimore response has been surprisingly low," he said.

Contestants can drink whatever they like, Hilseberg said, though most opt for beer. Each team is guaranteed at least four matches. The day starts with pool play and then moves on to a single-elimination bracket.

Three-time defending champion 2 Finger Fanatics will be back for another go this year, even though their team captain recently broke the wrist on his non-flipping arm. Still, the other teams smell blood in the water, Hilseberg said.

"It's hilarious," Hilseberg said. "People are excited. This year, they might go down."

The World Series of Flip Cup is set for Saturday at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road in Towson. Doors open at 2 p.m. and game play starts at 3:30 p.m. Registration is $40 per player and $5 for spectators. Go to

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