How to Play Beer Pong!

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Few games are so well-known and well-liked across college campuses as Beer Pong, which is also known as Beirut Party. While technically a drinking game, beer pong requires a great deal of skill and a little luck, and it can be enjoyed by just about anybody of legal age. Want to master the art of beer pong? Read on.


Beer Pong can be played one-on-one or with teams of two.

Half-fill several 16-oz plastic cups with beer. You can vary the amount of beer per cup, so each side has an equal amount of beer in each cup.

Prepare a clean-up bucket. While sanitation isn't exactly the cornerstone of beer pong, nobody wants to drink a tainted cup of beer. Have some clean water, a bucket and wipes to clean up spills, splashes and the balls.

Set up the cups. Arrange the plastic cups into a 6-cup or 10-cup triangle at each end of the table.

Throw the balls into cups. The goal is to attempt throwing two balls on each turn across the length of the table and into the cups of the opposing team. In one variation, each ball must be lobbed (not bounced) directly into a cup. If bouncing the ball off the table or off your opponent's body is allowed, then the opposing team can catch or swat a ball away once it has bounced or come in contact with a player.

Drink up! At the end of a turn, each cup containing a ball is drank by the opposing team. When a team wins a double or triple drink score (see Scoring), the opposing team must select another drink or drinks from the table, in addition to the one the ball has landed in.

Throw two balls per round. The same team continues throwing 2 balls per round until there is a miss. After the turn is completed, the opposite team throws at the first team's cups, and the process repeats.

Remove cups. At the end of a round, each cup containing a ball is drunk by the opposing team, and is thus removed from the table. The remaining cups stay in their place. Usually, each team is allowed two "re-racks" per game, in which the opposing team is required to rearrange their cups in a pattern such as a diamond or a sword, making it easier to make shots.

Keep playing until one team has no cups remaining. The object of the game is make a ball in each of your opponent's cups.


A lobbed ball that lands in a cup is worth one drink.

A bounced or deflected ball that lands in a cup is worth two drinks.

If a team throws two balls that both land in the same cup, that shot is worth 3 drinks.


Babe Ruth (Advanced Player Rules)


Call out which cup you are going to hit before you throw. If you hit the cup you called, your opponent drinks that cup. If you miss your target and it goes in the wrong cup, it counts as a miss, and that cup remains on the table.

After a team has won all the cups, the opposing team gets a last turn. They keep shooting until they miss, at which time the game is over. If they make all the cups in their last turn, then a 3 cup overtime is played, again starting with rock, paper, scissors.

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