Beer Pong Drinking Game Rules


Teams compete to see which is better at throwing a ping pong ball into cups.


  • Plastic Cups
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Beer


Teams of two stand on opposite sides of a table. In front of each team is a diamond of cups filled with beer. The diamond should in a 4-3-2-1 formation.

Game Play

The game starts with a member from each team going “eye to eye.” This means they shoot at the other team’s rack of cups while looking at the opposing player in the eye. The first player to make a cup wins the right for his team to shoot first. Each team is allocated two ping pong balls. Every turn each player on the team shoots once at the other teams cups. The player can opt for the traditional shot through the air or they can attempt to bounce the ball into the cup. The bounce is a risk/ reward type of strategy. A successful bounce earns the team two cups instead of one that the traditional shot yields. The bounce is risky though because the other team is allowed to block it, where as it is prohibited to block a shot through the air. If a cup is made the team drinks it and then removes it from the table. The teams proceed by alternating turns of shooting at the others cups. As the game goes on the cups most likely will be spread out, thus making it harder to shoot it into a cup. To compensate for this each team is allowed to rearrange or “rerack” the cups however they like twice a game.

There are several rules all players should be aware of. If a player makes cups on subsequent turns, before his next turn he must announce that he is “heating up.” If he makes his next shot, he is “on fire” and gets to shoot until he misses. Also if both members of a team make the same cup, this counts as three cups instead of two. The team that made the cups gets to pick the two cups the other team should take away. Finally it is always complementary to allow the other team a rebuttal once a team makes all the cups. If the rebuttal is answered the game moves to a three cup overtime with the same rules.

*Drinking games can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Please drink responsibly and ensure that you do not consume unsafe amounts of alcohol.