• Cupthroat Drinking Game
  • By Joseph (Jody) Drinkard on 2/18/2015
  • Pong

Cupthroat Drinking Game

  • Players: 3 - 6
  • Type: Competitive
  • Drink: Beer
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Cupthroat is a competitive ball & cup drinking game that's a combination of Beer Pong and the Cutthroat game variant of billiards.



At the furthest end of the table and at the center, arrange the cups in a triangle pointing to the players (a row of five, then four, then three, then two, and then one). The cups are to be arranged that no two cups from the same set will touch. EXAMPLE-- RBGRB GRBG BGR RB G Fill each cup a third of the way full with either beer or water. If you are using water, have a drink in hand and drink liberally each time you are required to drink. If you fill the cups with beer, drink the beer instead. It's recommended that the furthest end of the table be against a wall to minimize the effort required for ball retrieval.


Essentially, the Cupthroat drinking game is a hybrid of Beer Pong and the cutthroat game variant of billiards. It is designed for three players (or three teams of two). Each player (or team) is assigned a set of cups. In order to win, a player (or team) is to be the last player with any of his or her cups remaining in play (like Cutthroat) and must aim to remove all other cups via ping pong ball (like beer pong).

Determine who goes first (flip a coin, draw straws, etc.). Each player (or team) has two chances (shots) to remove any number of cups from play. Whenever a cup is removed from play, the player (or team) it belonged to must drink. The balls must be thrown into the cups from at least 6-8 feet away.

Situational Rules

If a player (or team) accidentally sinks their own cup, it is removed from play and that player (or team) drinks. Subsequently, the other two players (or team), even if they no longer have any cups remaining in play, may return any one of their cups removed from play back into play to any open spot. If a player (or team) sinks both balls in a single turn that are of the target sets, that player (or team) can take another turn. Possible house rules may involve more integration of beer pong, such as trick shots or re-racking, or aspects of cutthroat, such as table scratching.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly! This alcohol drinking game is not meant to lead to you becoming sick due to over-consumption of alcohol. Need a ride? Download Uber or Lyft & get $5 off your first safe, sober ride. If you enjoyed it, please leave feedback in the comments & let us know how we can make it better!


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