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A Crash Course to Beer Pong

Posted April 14th, 2016 by simon brigg    No Comments

So you want to play beer pong at one of our restaurants, but don’t know the rules or how to play?

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Welcome to beer pong boot camp. Do everything we say and you’ll be thrashing frat boys before you know it!


The basic rules (i.e. enough to have fun)

(Disclaimer: The rules of beer pong aren’t written in stone, handed down from the clouds by some college senior version of god – or frat-god, if you will. It’s meant to be a fun game and people who get pissy over what is essentially a drinking game need to chill.)

You play in teams of two. The object of the game is to make your opponents drink all their beers. This is done by throwing your team’s ping pong balls into your opponent’s cups. If you make a shot, it’s called a make, and the opposing team has to drink the contents of the cup.

Each team throws as a pair, then the other team throws. Elbows must remain behind the edge of the table. If you bounce the ball off the table into a cup, then the other team has to drink that cup plus another cup of their choice. If you ball hits the table, however, the other team can swat it away before it hits the cups.

As the cups get taken away, you can request to ‘re-rack’ your cups twice per game. This can happen when there’s 6, 4, 3 or 2 cups left. You can only do this on your turn.


Other rules (i.e. how to annoy people who just want to have fun)

  • If a ball is circling around inside a cup (this happens quite often), the other team can blow into the cup to remove the cup before the ball hits the beer.
  • If a ball rolls back to your side after throwing it and it doesn’t touch the floor, then you can throw again
  • If you make a shot, if you throw your second ball into the cup they are about to drink while it’s in their hand, then you win the game.
  • If a cup has become isolated form the others due to cups being taken out of the game, then you can call that you are going for the lonely cup. If you make the shot, it is worth two cups.


Beer pong tips

  • It’s easier to make a shot if you arc it in from a high angle. This maximised the aperture size available for your cup to go through since a circle appears widest when viewed straight on, i.e. from directly above.
  • Throw from the elbow, not the whole arm. This isn’t a power-based game, so you don’t need to use your whole arm. Throwing from the elbow every time keeps the amount of moving pieces down to 1, meaning you can use trial-and-error and to zone in on the sweet spot.
  • Coordinate with your teammate when you are doing bounce shots. If you throw at the same time it will confuse your opponents making them less likely to swat away your bounce shot.
  • Eat loads of Porky’s BBQ before playing so you don’t get drunk too quickly.


Good luck out there. To book a beer pong table game for you and your mates, call one of our BBQ restaurant locations today or turn up and tell us you’re after a game!

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