The Rules of How to Play Flip Cup

The Rules of How to Play Flip Cup

I’m sure those of you who have made it to the age of 18 (in Canada) and 21 in the US have indulged in a game of flip cup once or twice. It’s truly a college staple and one that will continue to be for years to come. We’re not necessarily in the business of promoting binge drinking among young people but we are certainly in the business of promoting fun. If you’re not a drinker you can always play with water or pop, but I would recommend just sitting out (that pop will rot your teeth, you know).

While this game typically takes place while everyone has already been imbibing for some time, it never hurts to go over the flip cup rules. Everyone has their own unique take on the rules, regional differences of course, so we’ll try and stick the the basics that apply to every game. You’re most likely going to be in somewhat of a gullible and vulnerable state, and you don’t need some frat bro in his senior year taking advantage of your naiveté. The rules are pretty basic and be sure to split your team up according to skill levels. You can generally rely on the fact that the older the participant, the better they’re going to be. Experience matters, my friends.

The beauty of flip cup is the simplicity of it all, and I suppose its efficiency depending on what you’re drinking. That and the special bond that will always exist amongst you and your teammates should you be victorious in this glorious game. We’re legally obligated to tell you not to totally overdo it too. There are limits to what you should be doing so do your best to stay within them.

With all of that in mind, let’s go over the sudsy rules of flip cup in greater detail. Remember to consult these rules before you start your evening, not mid way through. That’s a recipe for disaster and word has it, people have been known to get a bit hot when alcohol is involved.

Rules of flip cup:

  • The first thing you’re going to need is a decent sized table. A kitchen table is usually sufficient or any sort of kitchen island. Be sure that you can fit everyone playing around the table. It’s more fun and makes the game easier on all those involved;
  • When creating teams make sure you have an even amount of players on either side. If you don’t, someone will have to go twice and that becomes an issue when that person forgets or has a few too many. Even numbers will make everyone’s life significantly easier;
  • Line up one cup (preferably solo or party cups. They work perfectly and if they break you’re not going to be heartbroken. You can typically find them in large volumes too) per person and fill it with a pre-determined amount of beer (or whatever you’re drinking). I would advise to not be a hero and fill your cup to the brim. This will only cause some gastrointestinal issues as well as a hastened rise in your blood alcohol level. Keep things fun and put some beer in your cup, not all the beer;
  • Start on one end of the table and move your way to the other. The players starting the game should always “cheers” before they face off. This move should be mandatory as a show of sportsmanship and respect for your opponent. You move down the table thusly: as the game begins, each person drinks their beer. Once the beer has been finished they put the cup down on the table, right side up with the lip of the cup hanging over the edge of the table, and attempt to flip the cup to an upside-down position;
  • Once the first person has completed this simple task, their teammate standing beside them is to do the same, and so on until all the members of the team have flipped their cups;
  • The first team to flip all of their cups is declared the winner. You may want to play a best of three, five, or seven to truly determine who the champion is.

How to Play Flip Cup

As I said, the game is pretty damn simple and a whole lot of fun. There are a few things you can’t do too, and these are just as important, nay, more important than the other rules. Cheaters never prosper as they say.

  • A player may not manipulate or touch their cup before it is their turn;
  • Players may not blow or steady a cup that is teetering on the brink of success. Any player who does this must be forced to reset their cup and try again;
  • Players are not allowed to use two hands either. This is a game for mature adults and sophomoric acts such as this are punishable.

Play for fun and be safe when you’re doing it. These things can often get out of hand so it’s best to quit while you’re ahead. Easier said than done, I realize, but try to take this mentality into the game before it begins. Another important piece of advice: under no circumstances should you be using any alcoholic beverage other than beer. If you want to be a hero and use vodka or whiskey, don’t. it’s stupid and is a one-way ticket to the hospital. Be responsible in your irresponsibility.

The last thing I can tell you is to have fun and don’t take things too seriously. No one likes a sore loser, especially at a party where you’re playing games that are meant to be fun. If you’re going to be a party pooper, stay home and don’t ruin anyone else’s good time.

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