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A Brief History of the King of Cornhole

The King of Cornhole is the title awarded for the Best Cornhole Player in the World.

Creator/founder Matthew Gray thought of the idea for the King of Cornhole in 2002 at a party. It immediately reminded him of a classic television show he watched as a kid called the King of TV Bowling. With the help from Gray's business partner Doug Hopkins and producer Phill Daniel, the King of Cornhole debuted as a local, weekly television show featuring players competing in a tournament to face the reigning king. Like the classic bowling show, the reigning king had the privilege to only defend the crown in a championship match against the tournament winner and not compete in the tournament.

Shortly after the "Legacy Era," Gray and Hopkins became partners with American Cornhole, LLC. Gray, Hopkins and American Cornhole president Frank Geers worked to promote the sport of cornhole and transitioned the King of Cornhole from a weekly series to the featured event of the ACO US Nationals, later to be renamed the ACO World Championships of Cornhole.

There have been many components of the "ACO Era" over the years. Masters Series events became Masters Series Regionals. Signature Series events became Masters Series Majors and Cup tournaments. The Skills Challenge Ranking was changed to a Skill Challenge Rating. CornyForty Rankings became the World Rankings. A Certified Officials program was created. Plus, there was the introduction of the Ranked Players Invitational. All of these components have been a part of a player's Chase for the Crown to become the world champion King of Cornhole.

Historically, the event had always been in January. In 2013, the decision was made to move the event to July. That summer the King of Cornhole VIII was featured on ESPN's Kenny Mayne's Wider World of Sports.

Gray and Hopkins left American Cornhole in the fall of 2014. The King of Cornhole field was expanded from 64 players to 128 players and included several winners of the newly created State Championships.



The Championship History of the King of Cornhole

The King of Cornhole is widely recognized as the title of best cornhole player in the world. The championship title has gone through a couple different eras since 2006. The first King of Cornhole champion in the Legacy Era was Matt Guy. In 2007, the King of Cornhole worked with American Cornhole, LLC and it was agreed the ACO World Champion would be named the King of Cornhole. This marked the beginning of the ACO Era.

KING OF CORNHOLE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE HISTORY

CHAMPION DEFEATED EVENT LOCATION CITY DATE
Matt Guy Theo Baca ACO World Championships I (2006) Convention Center Covington, KY 12/16/06
Matt Guy Randy Atha King of Cornhole at ACO World Championships of Cornhole II (2007) Las Vegas Sports Center Las Vegas, NV 01/26/08
Matt Guy Steve Vanderver King of Cornhole at ACO World Championships of Cornhole III (2008) Sam Town's Casino Las Vegas, NV 01/24/09
Matt Guy Steve Vanderver King of Cornhole at ACO World Championships of Cornhole IV (2009) Orleans Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV 01/30/10
Matt Guy Gary Lewis King of Cornhole at ACO World Championships of Cornhole V (2010) Horseshoe Hotel & Casino Elizabeth, IN 02/05/11

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WORLD WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE HISTORY

This title was formerly called the Queen of Cornhole. The 2014 ACO World Championships was the last event where the women's champion was crowned Queen of Cornhole. In 2015, the title of Queen of Cornhole would be given the female winner of the ACO World Singles tournament.

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WORLD DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE HISTORY

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WORLD SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE HISTORY

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