Flip Cup

Posted on 25 February 2009


Flip Cup is one of the most popular drinking games out there, because it’s simple, gets you incredibly drunk, and involves a lot of people at once. Flip Cup is often played as a tournament, and there is also a great variation called Survivor Flip Cup, explained below.

I have pasted Wikipedia’s rules below, as well as a video explaining the game:


  • 1 table
  • 1 cup for each player
  • beer


Two teams stand on opposite sides of a table, facing one another. As there are equal players on each side, the players directly facing each other are opponents. In front of each teammate is a Solo cup filled with a standard amount of beer. Generally, the first line inside a Solo cup is used as a marker.


At the start of the race, the first member of each team drinks his or her beverage. When finished, the cup is placed face up at the edge of the table, and the player who drank it attempts to flip the cup until it rests face down on the table. If he or she is not successful on the first try, the cup must be reset and re-flipped. Only after the first teammate is done flipping the cup successfully, can the next person proceed. Whichever team finishes drinking and flipping all its cups first is the winner.

Beer Games:How To Play Beer Games: Flip Cup


Survivor Flip Cup

Survivor Flip Cup takes Flip Cup to a new level! Just like the TV show Survivor, this game whittles down the competition from an initial group of 6 – 20 people, until there is only one (very drunk) winner.

Play begins as in a normal game of Flip Cup, with two equal-numbered teams (similar to the “tribes” on Survivor).

However, when a team loses a round, they must VOTE one of their own members off of the team. They are now one player down, but they must continue to drink the same number of cups of beer as their team did when the game began. One player on the team must volunteer to drink the extra cups. As a team loses more and more rounds, they will vote more players off the team, and have more extra cups to drink.

The game continues until either team is down to ONE PERSON, who must drink — and then flip — sometimes as many as 8 cups of beer per round. If the one remaining person on a team loses and there is more than one person on the competing team, then the remaining players will be divided in half into two more teams. The game will continue with the same number of beer cups.

Eventually the game comes down to a one person vs. one person show-down. Whoever wins this round is declared the SOLE SURVIVOR!

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Brandon Says:

    You should add Sudden death elimination! A third version of flip cup. any number of people can play. Every contestant is their own team. Each round, the last person to flip their cup is out of the competition. One person out a round, so if you are playing with 50 people, you see the problem. Some people just can’t take the heat so lots of people opt out which weeds out the small timers in the crowd. It is by far the most intense version of the game. SUrvivor sounds fun but elimination is classic

  2. Jeremy Says:

    Wow. This sounds awesome. I like the Survivor twist. I will definitely be trying this version of Flip Cup.

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