Friday, November 28, 2008

Beer Pong rules

Want a quick explanation of the game? Here's a list of basic beer pong rules for quick reference.

Don't spend more than five minutes away from the table though! Go and finish the game; make up your own house rules if you must. The best part about beer pong is coming up with your own house beer pong rules!

1. What size cups do I use? Sixteen ounce Solo or Dixie cups are the most common. You will have to fill them about a fourth way up or they will tip over if you happen to be playing an opponent whose beer pong shot is comparable to Randy Johnson's fastball.
2. How much beer do I use?! That depends on how fast you plan to be drinking! Most games with 2 person teams use 3-4 beers in a ten cup game. Of course, you can use as much as fits in the cup if you really want. Just make sure when you sink a cup your opponent drinks his/her beer before shooting.
3. What do I use to shoot? Beer pong balls! Also known as ping pong balls, they are just the right weight for beer pong. They are consistent in the air yet hard to master shooting. Some people use quarters or bottle caps but that gets to be very easy once you get the hang of it.
4. How do I rack the cups? Organize the cups in a triangle formation with the pinnacle of the triangle pointing towards your opponents. Make sure the cups are close to your end of the table and make the rims of every cup touch each other.
5. OK, so who shoots first? You can flip a quarter, or shoot eye-to-eye to determine the first shot. To shoot eye-to-eye, lock your eyes with your opponent and shoot at the same time. Whoever sinks a cup first gets to shoot in the game first.
6. When do I re-rack? If you are playing ten cup beer pong two or three re-racks are typical. If you want to play a quick last game before you go party, re-rack after every made cup when your side has only four cups out of ten left.
7. Can I distract the shooters or swat the ball? Umm, you can distract your opponents however you please, but touching the ball in mid-air is an automatic one cup penalty. However, you CAN swat the ball if it hits the table or cup and bounces up!
8. Are there special throws? Yeah, if you can bounce the ball in a cup without the other team swatting your ball to smitherines, that counts as two cups.
9. How do i dominate? If you and your partner sink the same cup, that's an extra cup bonus! PLUS, the other team skips a turn and you get the balls back. If you start a game and don't miss a shot, your team can win the game without even giving the other team a chance!
10. I lost! Do I get any second chances? There is a rebuddle shot after the last cup is made, so you do have a chance to tie it up and play a three-cup overtime.

There are a few optional rules you can add to spice up your beer pong games:

* Death Shot: If you aren't up to the task of drinking your beer before you shoot each turn, your opponent can sink the cup you are drinking! The game is over and you feel shame for not drinking your beer promptly.
* Celebrity Shot - Spectators who have been eagerly following your game can request a celebrity shot if they are feeling lucky.


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