Money Bags: These Professional Cornhole Brothers Rack Up

by Megan Molseed
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It’s an interesting experience to go behind the scenes as cornhole goes pro! And, that’s exactly what two Madison, Virginia brothers let us do in a recent interview with NBC news.

It’s a favorite barbeque pastime that you can play almost anywhere as long as you have a couple of people up for a little bit of a competition, the right boards, and a few bean bags. It’s an activity that you might break out in the backyard during a fun barbeque get-together, bring it along during an afternoon of tailgating, or even just have a little fun with your family on a warm summer day.

But now, cornhole has gotten more competitive as some players have taken it to the professional level.

Yes, cornhole has officially become a professional gig. There are multiple cornhole competition circuits featuring elite cornhole experts who compete in a variety of tournaments that offer top prizes as high as $20,000.

“I went to Branson Missouri last year for the pro series and first was $20,000!” exclaims twenty-two-year-old Kaleb Hurt. Hurt is one of the country’s top professional cornhole players, traveling around the country competing in multiple cornhole events within a given weekend.

“I didn’t win, I got second” Kaleb continues with a laugh. “But you can do a lot with $20,000 just for playing cornhole!”

Finding Time For A Competitive Pastime

Kaleb practices his cornhole techniques each evening for at least an hour after completing a long day at work.

“When I first started playing, the money wasn’t the same as it is now,” Kaleb adds. “Like, you get more people you see that pay out.”

According to NBC News, Kaleb decided to dedicate his free time to this favorite backyard game after he entered a local cornhole competition with his father and won.

While Kaleb Hurt may be one of the top competitors in his category, he certainly has some competition coming up the ranks. The current junior cornhole world champion has set his sights on taking Kaleb down as soon as he gets the chance to do so professionally.

“A lot of people underestimate me,” says Isaac Hurt, the junior cornhole champion who also happens to be Kaleb’s younger brother. “Then I’ll end up beating them twenty-one to nothing.”

“The juniors? They’re no joke,” says Kaleb. “They’re not scared of nothin’!”

The Hurt Brothers Sweep At Multiple Cornhole Competitions

The two Virginia brothers do compete in doubles competitions when they can. The duo even won the top prize during their last major competition. During their singles competitions, however, it’s each Hurt for himself!

“The only person I haven’t beat yet in a tournament is Kaleb,” says Isaac.

“I guess I get in his head or something,” Kaleb says with a grin.

While professional cornhole hasn’t yet evolved into a sport that one can do full-time, the Hurt brothers are certainly looking forward to that prospect.

“I really do feel like it’s going to get to that point,” says Kaleb.

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