The Hardbat Classic Table Tennis Ping Pong rumors are not only true, they are truly Table Tennis and it’s going to be Vegas, baby!
I’ll be competing in the Bud Light Hardbat Classic which starts this Friday at the spectacular Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Top prize is … wait for it … $100,000.00 That’s enough money to pay the interest on our blossoming national debt for … well…. a couple of seconds. But never mind that….
I’ll try to keep up with some real time reporting via Twitter or here at the blog, though this may depend on data access at the venue and my own good or bad luck in the tournament.
There will be about a thousand players of all skill levels competing – many after winning their regional bar tournaments held around the USA over the past several months. Even though I won our local tournament it wasn’t a qualifier for the big one, so I’m making my own way there after they opened it up to everybody.
There are also brackets for a special group of “stars” chosen by the Hardbat Tournament, another for walk in players, and one for “pros” who have a rating or have played in USTTA tournaments over the years. Although I haven’t played in tournaments recently I was actually the USTTA National Table Tennis Champ in the “1300” rating category in 1992 (ratings in Table Tennis are kind of like handicapping in golf).
The Bud Tournament is “over handicapped” , meaning that the very best players will have to spot a lot of points to lower ranked players – as many as 17 out of 21. My take on this tournament is that it will tend to favor unrated players who are very experienced with the “pips out” type of rubber required at the Hardbat Classic.
Blogs are talking about the HardBat Classic in Las Vegas at the Venetian: