Beer Pong, also known as Beirut, involves ten cups filled halfway with beer, two teams of two, one long table and two ping pong balls. Each of the two two-player teams stand at opposing ends, one on each side of a table, with their ten cups arranged in a triangle in front of them. The order of play varies – both players on one team shoot, then both players on the other team (you can vary the players on opposite teams to mix things up). Players “lob” a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in one of their opponent’s cups of beer on the other end. When a ball lands in a cup, the defending team must consume that cup’s beer and remove the cup from the game. The game is won by eliminating all the other team’s cups before one’s own cups are eliminated. The losing team must then consume all the beer remaining in the winning team’s cups.
Number of cups can vary between six, ten, or 15, and number of players can vary from one to five, but two is common (and easier). Also, some play defense by knocking the balls away from their cups using their hands, but while it is a game winning tactic, it drags the game out longer than needed and keeps others waiting longer if they want to play too. Besides, after a couple of rounds, trying to just lob the ball into the cup itself is a major challenge. The game is also often played with ping pong paddles, as seen in the movie Beerfest.
I personally have attended countless Beer Pong tournaments in the basements of friends’ homes, so I can say without a doubt that if you play to have fun, in good spirits, you will have a blast. NO BITTER COMPETITORS!!!
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