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Beer Pong Rules

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A Guide to Epic Table and Court Battles

Hey there, party people! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re gearing up for a legendary beer pong showdown with your pals. And why not? Beer pong is the quintessential party game that brings friends and family together for some serious fun. So, grab your ping pong balls and solo cups, because we’re diving deep into the world of beer pong rules, sprinkled with a few mentions of how it relates to our beloved Table and Court website.

The Basics of Beer Pong

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of beer pong rules, let’s refresh our memories on the basics. Beer pong, also known as Beirut in some circles, is a classic drinking game played on a rectangular table. Each team takes turns throwing a ping pong ball across the table with the intent of landing the ball in one of the opposing team’s cups filled with beer.

Now, let’s break down the essential rules that make beer pong a fantastic game to play and an even better one to master.

Setting Up the Game

Before you start, make sure you’ve got the right equipment. You’ll need a beer pong table, cups (usually 16-20 oz), ping pong balls, and of course, beer! And if you’re looking for the perfect beer pong table or accessories, you can always check out our Table and Court website for some top-notch recommendations.

Forming Teams

Beer pong is typically played in teams of two, with each player taking turns to throw the ball. If you want to add a twist to the game, you can always go for singles, but we recommend the classic team setup for maximum fun.

The Setup

Arrange the cups in a triangle shape at each end of the table, with the base of the triangle facing your opponents. Fill each cup with a standard amount of beer. Now, it’s time to get your game face on!

Shooting and Scoring

The objective of beer pong is simple: throw the ping pong ball into one of your opponent’s cups. If you make it, they drink. The game continues until all the cups on one side are eliminated. Oh, and if you’re a sharpshooter and sink the ball into the same cup multiple times, your opponents drink multiple times. It’s all about precision and accuracy!

Bouncing, Swatting, and Defense

Now, here’s where things get interesting. If the ball hits the table and then lands in a cup, it’s a bounce shot, and your opponents have to drink two cups. But they can swat the ball away before it lands in the cup if they’re quick enough. It’s like a mini-basketball game within beer pong!


As the game progresses, you can request a re-rack, which means you can rearrange the cups into a tighter formation. There are different types of re-racks you can choose from:

  1. The Diamond: Place six cups in a diamond shape.
  2. The Triangle: Rearrange your cups into a smaller triangle with three cups.
  3. The Straight Line: Line up all your remaining cups in a single row.

Typically, you get two re-racks per game. Use them wisely to create those tricky shot opportunities.

The Final Cup – Redemption

When there’s only one cup left on your opponent’s side, it’s time for redemption. The other team gets one chance to make the last cup, and if they succeed, the game goes into overtime. If not, victory is yours!

Winning and House Rules

Victory in beer pong is sweet, but house rules can spice things up. Some people play with additional rules like the “celebrity shot” or the “death cup.” The important thing is to have fun and make sure everyone’s on the same page with the rules before you start.

Alcohol Disclaimer

Remember to enjoy beer pong responsibly and in moderation. Drinking games, including beer pong, involve alcohol, and it’s essential to know your limits and never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver or alternative transportation plan if you’re consuming alcohol.

And there you have it, a crash course in beer pong rules to ensure your next game is an epic one. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t start out as a beer pong champ. Head over to Table and Court for more tips, tricks, and the best equipment to take your beer pong game to the next level. Cheers to good times, great friends, and even better games!


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