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Long Island Style

  1. Cups are arranged, 10 on a side, in pyramid formation, as shown.
  2. Three beers per side, evenly distributed.
  3. Each team of two starts off with one ball. Players throw the ball across the court, trying to get the ball in a cup. When a ball lands in a cup, one player from that side must chug that cup, and it is removed from the play area (pushing it to the side is OK). When both players on a team sink a cup, they get the balls back.
  4. Drinking is alternated. One player drinks the first cup, the other drinks the second, the first player drinks the third, and so on. Throwing can either be alternated or done two at a time. Some people think that throwing two at a time improves accuracy, but studies are inconclusive. It's up to you and your partner.
  5. As soon as the ball touches anything, including a cup, it's fair game to be grabbed. If it bounces in, great, but you'd better hope your opponents have no reflexes. Bouncing it in counts for two cups.
  6. Cups are restacked into pyramids when 6 cups and 3 cups remain on a side.
  7. When 4 cups remain on a side, restack them in a diamond formation.
  8. When 2 cups remain, they are placed one in front of the other.
  9. When one cup remains, it is placed in the corner of the table.
  10. When the last cup on a side is hit, the losing team has the opportunity to match, getting one or two balls to shoot depending on whether or not the winning team used both shots. If the losing team manages to clear all of the winning team's cups while matching, both teams resume the game with three cups and one beer per side.
  11. Any cups left on the side of the winning team must be consumed by the losing team.
  12. If a player, for any reason whatsoever, drops a ball into a cup on his own side, he must drink it. Additionally, his teammate has the right to smack him on the head for being such a dumbass. There can be no exceptions to this rule.
  13. If the ball is still spinning in the cup, only girls can blow it out. If the ball gets wet, though, then it is declared in the cup.
  14. Winning five games in a row qualifies you as a dynasty.

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Virginia Rules

from
Beerpong.com

OK, this is quite different than the West Coast rules. Here on the East Coast we play like this:

These are the University of Virginia rules, where we take our beer pong seriously. A lot of frats/apartments have rooms dedicated to the game, and it is called "the pong room". The room is usually decorated with job rejection letters....etc. These rules are quite similar throughout most colleges in Virginia (I've seen the same at Virginia Tech and James Madison, and in Washington DC. The money ball is a UVA rule...haven't seen that one anywhere else.

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Bounce Pong

from
Beerpong.com

2 players on each side...10 cups about half way filled up with beer on each side. Object is to bounce the ping pong ball into one of the cups but you must be behind your set of cups, each player rotates, you must stand behind your cups and you must release the ball behind the table, if the ball lands in a cup then 1 of the other players form the team must drink it (the 2 rotate). Once 1 teams cup are all gone then that team loses, so the point is to make the ball into your opposing players cups and knock all the cups out, once a ball is bounced in a cup the cup is removed, each team has 1 chance to rearrange the cups they are trying to bounce into.


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Your friends in Central PA

from
Beerpong.com

First put 6 cups in a triangle formation. The rules are as follows:

Object: Throw a ping pong ball into opponent's cup

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Philly Style

from
Beerpong.com

What you need:

Rules

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Triangle Beer Pong without Paddles

from
Beerpong.com

We use 15 cups on each side, aligned in rows...5 in the back, 4 right in front, 3 in front of that, then 2, then one... All cups must be touching, so it forms a triangle. Each cup is filled about halfway with beer. There is a team of two on each side of the table and no paddles are used. Instead, one team starts the game by each person tossing a ping pong ball and trying to get it into one of the cups. If you get the ball into one of the opposing teams cups, one member of the opposing team drinks the beer in that cup, team members alternate who drinks the beer every time the other team gets a ball in their cup. Once the beer is drunk from that cup, the cup is placed aside and out of the triangle. Once the team has taken their two shots at the cups, the other team shoots back, and it goes on like that. The point of the game is to eliminate all of the other teams cups. The shot must be direct, and cannot bounce off the table and then go into the cup. Also, if both members of a team make their shots consecutively, the 2 balls are returned to that team and they get another chance. We used to play by your rules, but found this game to be much more competitive and fun.
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UVM ZBT RULES

from Beerpong.com

NEED

Rules of engagement (shots are thown by hand, can be either bounce or air)

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Melissa's rules

from
Beerpong.com

HI, My name is Melissa and i live in NY and this is how we play.

What you need:

Rules

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Cockeysville Rules

from
Beerpong.com

Rules

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Sammy @ Hofstra Style

from
Beerpong.com

What you need:

How we do it:

6 cups per side, set up in a triangle-filled evenly with 3 beers. 2 wash cups. Winning team starts with the balls. If both shots are made-the ball come back to them. If a shot goes in a cup but is rolling around the inside of the cup you can try to blow it out, and as long as it doesn't touch the beer, it doesn't count as a hit. Once a team hits the final shot, the opposing team has the option of shooting ONLY as many balls as it took to win the game (If the winning shot was hit by player 1 on team A, they only get 1 shot, and if it was hit by player 2 they get 2 shots).

Important: TALK AS MUCH SHIT AS YOU CAN!!!

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Beirut-East Coast Style

from
Beerpong.com, originally submitted by the Natty brothers from Cockeysville, MD

Supplies

Rules

Deep In the Bush, Natty Bros. Representin' Dulaney Cockeysville, Maryland

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Phi-Who Penn State Style

submitted by Kip

What you need:

Rules:

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Extreme Beer Pong

submitted by the
Masoholic

What you need:

Rules

* Note - Players must stay at the end of the table and cannot line up beside it to get a running start. This is considered cheating and offenders should be beaten.

Losing team drinks extra beer, and REFILLS PITCHER FOR NEXT GAME. Winning team gets two pong balls in beginning of next game.

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Dakota Style

submitted by
Jeff of the University of North Dakota

What you need:

Rules:

This game is not for the weak of heart. It will get you drunk.

A seven-tiered pyramid is made on each side(28 cups per side) with one 12 ounce beer in each cup.

Each side consists of a team of four people. They take turns shooting at the other team's cups. When shot is made team drinks beer according to own rules.(Split between all members, or pairs of two, for example)

Shots may be thrown or bounced in. No paddles in this game.

Losing team must drink remaining beers of winning team. Losing team is the team with no cups remaining.

If a team shoots out of order, takes too long between shots or interferes with the other team's shot, a one cup penalty is assessed, with the choice of cup up to the opposing team.

If a team knocks over one of its own beers, that beer and another penalty beer are assessed with the penalty beer choosen by the opposing team.

If a team drops the ball in one of their own cups, that cup must be drank and the turn is forfeited.

Each team is allowed two time-outs for bathroom breaks per game of indeterminant length.

Each game takes 1-1.5 hours. Dedication is required. Drinking on the side is allowed, but can inhibit one's abilities.

additions from Jeff's brother: When playing Dakota style it is 4 on 4, a variation for a 5th or a bunch of hearty drinkers can be made by adding an 8th cup to the back row. We don't have water cups, we have zambonis (a roll of paper towels). Interfraternity/intersorority competitions are more than common on Thursday nights and female distractions are welcome.

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