Beer Pong, otherwise known as Beirut, is a popular drinking game where players are challenged to throw a standard ping pong ball into the opposing team's beer filled (or water filled) cups from the end of a table. Typically consisting of teams of two players, Beer Pong games begin with either six or ten cups organized, or racked, in a triangle formation on either end of the table. If a player successfully lands a ball within a cup, that cup is to be consumed and removed from the table. The game finishes when all cups have been eliminated.
Beer pong cups are common plastic party cups used for playing the party game of beer pong. Official regulated by the rules of beer pong as being 16 oz cups in size (though 18 oz cups are also often used), red plastic party cups, specifically red SOLO cups, are iconically known to be the standard cups used for playing the beer pong. Beer pong games start with both teams have their beer pong cups arranged in triangular racks of either 10 or 6 cups. 16 oz beer pong cups have a top diameter of 3 5/8” (82 mm), a height of 4 5/8” (117 mm), and a base width of 2 1/4” (57 mm).
With beer pong being played with a typical 1.57” (40 mm) ping pong ball, the beer pong ball is approximately 23% of the total open area at the top of the beer pong cup.
Top Width: 3 5/8” | 92 mm
Height: 4 5/8” | 117 mm
Base Width: 2 1/4” | 57 mm
Volume: 16 oz (official) or 18 oz | .47 L or .53 L
Beer Pong Ball:
Diameter: 1.57” | 40 mm
Beer Pong Cup side elevation, plan (Ping Pong Ball), plan (10 cup rack), plan (6 cup rack)
Large Beer Pong Tables are wider than average tables used for playing beer pong. Typically designed and used in settings that don’t require the tables to be easily transportable, large beer pong tables are often found in personal homes, college fraternities and sororities, and bars. Because of the personal nature of these larger beer pong tables they are painted and customized by their owners. Like official beer pong tables, large beer pong tables are 8’ (2.44 m) long and 27.5” (70 cm) tall with variable widths between 4’-5’ (1.2-1.5 m). The standard distance between the front two cups in a 10 cup game is roughly 65” (165 cm).
Beer pong racks, and subsequent re-racks, refer to the organization and formation of the beer pong cups on the table. Starting out with cups organized in triangular racks of 6 or 10 cups on both sides of the beer pong table, players must drink and remove any cups that have been successfully made by the opposing team. Depending on the rules established for the game, both teams are allowed one or two re-racks at the start of their turn. Re-racks are an opportunity to reorganize the remaining cups into a shape that is more desirable and/or an easier target for the team shooting. Re-rack rules in beer pong often vary, so it is always best to ask about the re-rack rules before starting a game.
Beer pong shot techniques refer to the various styles and rules of throwing the ping pong ball in a game of beer pong. Varying with team strategies and individual personal quirks when throwing the ball, the way you throw the ball has a direct impact on the game. Regardless of the shot type, players must throw the ball with their elbow behind the back edge of the table—this is referred to as the Elbow Rule. The three main throwing techniques used by beer pong players are the arc shot, the fastball or laser shot, and the bounce shot.
Arc shots are released higher and drop into the cups from above while fastball shots are thrown in a line directly at the back of the target cup. On the other hand, the bounce shot requires that the player bounces the ball beyond the center line of the table and into a cup in a single bounce. Opposing teams that see a player attempting a bounce shot have the opportunity to swat the ball away from the beer pong table after it bounces. Because bounce shots are difficult to sneak by the opposing team, successful bounce shots count as two cups.
Arc: From above
Fastball | Laser: Straight and fast
Bounce: Beyond center line (2 Cups if successful)
Elbow Rule: Elbow cannot pass the table edge
Beer Pong Shot Techniques side elevation diagram (people)
Official Beer Pong Tables are regulation tournament sized tables used for playing beer pong. Typically designed as a folding portable table surface, official beer pong tables are sized to be easy to transport, setup quickly, and sturdy enough to play on. Beer pong table surfaces are often personalized with unique custom graphics and imagery that commonly include outlines for the starting positions of the cups. The official regulation size of a beer pong table is 8’ (2.44 m) long, 24” (61 cm) wide, and set at a height of 27.5” (70 cm). Though the distance will vary based on the choice of a 6 or 10 cup game, the distance between the front two cups in a 10 cup game is roughly 65” (165 cm).
Length: 8’ (96”) | 2.44 m
Width: 24” | 61 cm
Height: 27.5” | 70 cm
Front Cup Distance: 65” | 165 cm
Beer Pong Table - Official | Portable side elevation, side (people), plan