Beer Pong Drinking Game

Equipment 12/20 plastic cups, 1/2 ping-pong balls, table
Number of Players 2 or 4
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Beer Pong

Beer Pong is perhaps the greatest drinking game of all time, and thus should be a staple in your pre-drinking routine.

How to play Beer Pong

There are many different rules available for beer pong, but the following describe the most basic, commonly played version of the game.

2 vs. 2 Beer Pong

To play a 2 vs. 2 game of beer pong, set out some plastic pint glasses on either side of the table in a 4-3-2-1 triangular formation. Once in position, each cup must be filled to a reasonable level with beer (or similar). Ideally, you will have 2 Ping-Pong balls – one for each player. Teams stand on each side of the table, each aiming for the opponent’s cups on the other side. Each player in a team takes a shot. If a shot is made, one of the opponents must drink the beer from that cup. If both players make their shot, the Ping-Pong balls are returned and you get another go. If one of the throws is awful and doesn’t even land on the table, the player who made that throw has to drink a few fingers of his/her side drink.

The aim of the game is to wipe out all of the opposing teams cups before they get yours. There are a total of 10 cups on the opponent’s side at the start of the game. Each team is allowed to opt for one re-rack during the game. Re-racks can be taken when either 6 or 4 cups are left remaining. At 6, you can make the opponent re-rack in a 3-2-1 small triangular formation, or you can wait until 4 and opt for an even smaller 1-2-1 diamond shaped formation.

If you successfully take out all of the opposing teams cups, they are allowed one last chance to take a shot on yours. After one last shot each, they have to drink the contents of all of the remaining cups.

1 vs. 1 Beer Pong

The rules of 1 vs. 1 beer pong are identical to those of the 2 vs. 2 game. The only difference is that in a 1 vs. 1 game, you start with 6 cups instead of 10, set up in a 3-2-1 triangular formation. You re-rack the cups when there are 4 left into a 1-2-1 diamond shaped formation. Players alternate taking one shot only – there are no pass backs in a 1 vs. 1 game.