How to play the quick-fix drinking card game, Kings Cup.
Got friends? Got drinks? Grab a deck of cards and you’ll have an
uproariously good time with this quick and easy drinking game. It’s
called Kings Cup, because once all the kings are
played, someone is going to get very tipsy!
While this is an officially ruled game, a lot of people choose to
make up house rules, either changing them entirely or just altering a
few to suit their situation. For example, if you have all ladies
playing, you might want to change Jack and Queen from “guys drink”
and “girls drink”, to something like Jack = all A-cup bra sizes
drink, and Queen = B+ cups drink.
How to Play Kings Cup Drinking Game
All you’ll need is at least three people – the more the merrier, of
course – a deck of cards, booze and cups. I nice domestic beer is
recommended, but you can do shots if everyone has a high tolerance
and you don’t mind having to refill shot glasses pretty often.
Finally, place an empty cup in the center of the table. This is the
Get your drinks ready first. One person is randomly chosen to shuffle the cards, then splay them out in a circle, face down, around the King’s Cup, as shown (see image right). Each player, starting left of the dealer, will select one card from the circle and turn it over, performing the following action based on that card:
King’s Cup Rules
Everyone drinks on Waterfall. The catch is that each player
must start drinking at the moment that the player to their left
drinks, and no player may stop drinking until the player to their
left stops. In essence, it’s up to the player who draws the Ace
(first to drink) to decide when it’s over.
Point at two people. Those two people each have to take a
drink. Alternatively, you can point both fingers at one person,
forcing them to take two drinks.
3 for Me
The person who draws the card must take 3 drinks.
Give 2, Take 2
Choose two people to take a drink (or one person to take two
drinks), then take two drinks yourself.
Make up some silly rule for everyone to follow for the rest of
the game. Something like, “only call people by their initials”,
“touch your cup to your nose before drinking”, or “make
animal noises after drinking”. Anyone caught breaking the rule
must take a drink.
Without drawing attention, put your thumb on the table. As
other players notice, they must also put their thumb on the table.
The last player to put their thumb on the table must take a drink.
Hands 2 Heaven
Everyone must put their hand in the air. The last player to
raise their hand must drink.
When an 8 is drawn, the player must pick one other player to be
their “mate”. The mate must take a drink every time the player
who chose them drinks. Despite societal faux-pas, it is possible
to have more than one mate!
Say a word. The player to your left must say a word that rhymes
with it. The next player to the left does the same. This continues
around the table until someone takes too long (house rules, but
usually 5-10 seconds). The person who breaks the rhyme chain takes
Select a random category, such as breeds
of dogs, brands of cars, or casinos in Vegas. Everyone goes around
the table naming something that fits the category.
When a player is stumped or names something that doesn’t fit, that
All the men at the table take a drink.
All the ladies at the table take a drink.
And finally, the coup de gras… The first three times a king
is drawn, the player will pour some of their own drink into the
King’s Cup in the center of the table. When the fourth and final
king is drawn, the player who drew it is named King and must drink
all the contents of the King’s Cup!
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