Official Beer Pong Rules

Beer Pong Rules


1.Place 10 cups (or 6 for a light game) on each end of a table in tight triangle formations with rims touching, like racks of pool balls. Any size table will do the trick, but official beer pong table dimensions are 96” x 24” x 27.5” (L x W x H).

2. Each cup triangle should be centered along the back edge of the table.

3. We recommend filling the cups in play with water and drinking beer out of a separate cup that is out of play. Fill each cup in play with 4 to 6 ounces of water, and fill your drinking cup with 4 - 6 ounces of beer (1/3 - ½ of a 12oz can). Studies prove the original method - filling the cups in play with beer and drinking each one after a ball lands in it - is a great way to add staphylococcus, e. Coli, and other nasties to your beer.


1. Each two person team takes turns throwing ping pong balls into the opponent’s cups.

2. Each team gets two shots per turn, one shot per team member.

3. After each shot, any cup that a ball lands in is removed from the formation, and players from the receiving team take turns drinking 4 - 6 ounces of beer per shot.

4. Throughout the game teams can elect to have their cups re-racked into various formations. Official rules specify re-racking at six, three, and one. 

5. The first team to sink shots in all of their cups wins the game, and the losing team drinks 4 - 6 ounces of beer for each cup that remains on the table.


The variety of house rules is nearly endless. Perhaps the only universal house rule is that house rules always rule.

Here are some of our favorites:

1. Defense - The receiving team can defend their opponents’ shots only after they make first contact with a cup. Bounce Shots are an exception (see 2). 

2. Bounce Shots - Each successful bounce shot counts for two cups. Bounce shots can be defended by the receiving team. As long as the ball bounces off the table first, the receiving team can catch or swat it away before it lands in a cup.

3. Throwbacks - If both members of a team make their shots, they each get another throw.

4. Death Cup - If both members of a team make their shots in the same cup - either before or after it is removed from the formation following the first shot, they automatically win the game.

5. Leaning - Players must not lean on or over the table when on offense. Players may only lean over the table for defense (see 1).

6. Elbows - A player’s elbow must not cross over the edge of the table while shooting. If a player violates this rule their shot does not count and they lose that turn.

7. Trolling - If a player fails to make a single shot in a game, he/she must spend the next game under the table.

8. Rebounds - If a shot hits a cup and rebounds back to the team that shot it, the player that shot it can attempt a behind-the-back rebound shot with it.

9. Rebuttal - Once a team makes a shot in their final cup, the other team is given one last chance to tie it up with a rebuttal. If they successfully land balls in all of their remaining cups, without missing, the two teams enter sudden death (see 10).

10. Sudden Death - A single cup is placed on each side of the table. The team that made a successful rebuttal goes second. The teams take turns as normal, but the first team to make a shot wins.


For official beer pong tournament rules, as followed by the World Series of Beer Pong, check out The WSOBP Rules at