How to Play Beer Pong: A Step By Step Guide

Beer pong is a classic party game that has gained immense popularity. It’s a fun and competitive way to enjoy a night with friends and is easy to learn. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up and playing traditional beer pong and provide some optional rules to spice things up.

Setting Up the Game

First, you’ll need to set up your beer pong table. Find a spacious area and place a long table, preferably 6 to 8 feet in length. Next, arrange 10 plastic cups on each side of the table in a triangle formation (4-3-2-1). Fill each cup with beer, usually about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Two teams, each with two players, will stand on opposite sides of the table.

The Basic Rules of Beer Pong

Here’s a breakdown of the standard beer pong rules:

  1. Determine the starting team by using a coin toss or any other agreed-upon method.
  2. Each team takes turns attempting to throw a ping-pong ball into the opponent’s cups.
  3. If a ball lands in a cup, the opposing team must drink the contents of that cup and remove it from the table.
  4. Players can either throw the ball directly into a cup or bounce it off the table into a cup. However, opponents may swat away bounced shots.
  5. If both players on a team make their shots into separate cups, they get the balls back for a “rollback” and shoot again.
  6. If both players on a team make their shots into the same cup, it’s a “death cup” and the game is over.
  7. A team can request a single “re-rack” or “reformation” of the remaining cups to make shooting easier.
  8. The game ends when one team has eliminated all of the opposing team’s cups.
  9. The losing team must drink any remaining beer in the winning team’s cups.

Optional Rules to Keep Things Interesting

While the basic rules are simple, there are some optional rules that you can introduce to make the game more exciting:

  • Elbow Rule: Players must keep their elbows behind the edge of the table when shooting.
  • Fingering/Blowing: Players can try to remove the ball from the cup by flicking it out (for men) or blowing it out (for women) before it touches the beer.
  • Bounce-back: If a player misses a shot and the ball bounces back to their side, they can attempt a “trick shot” as a bonus.

Always remember to play responsibly and know your limits. Beer pong is meant to be a fun and social game, so enjoy it with friends and have a great time!

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Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.