King's Cup Rules

The King's Drinking game rules broken down by the Those that Drink experts. King’s Cup is possibly the grandest of almost all drinking games. An old game that started in the basements of fruitful champions like yourselves, King’s Cup is for the real drinkers. But hey, if you’re not a real drinker, then good luck.

History of the Game

Arguably one of the world’s grandest of all drinking games, King’s Cup has topped our list of drinking games you need to play – like now. If you haven’t played King’s Cup before, then it’s time to crawl out from the rock you’ve been living under and join the real world. Our readers aren’t total loners (please don’t prove us wrong), so grab a group of friends and listen up. Here’s a little history lesson from the Those That Drink University. Yes, our King’s Cup rules will be on the test.

Since the dawn of drinking games, King’s Cup has reigned supreme. Cavemen played after feasting on their catch of the day by the light of the fire tucked deep into mountain caves. Medieval knights played high in their stone castles overlooking green pastures. Tales tell of Alexander the Great playing King’s Cup into the wee hours of the night during his conquest of Persia. Rumor has it that the outgoing U.S. President and staff play a jolly game of King’s Cup in the White House on election night. Totally crazy, right?

Everyone plays this game. You need to play this game. If you don’t know how, you need a touch up, or just want some variations on how to play, keep reading – Those That Drink has you covered.

Rule #1: The King of Cups doesn’t stop until the booze is gone and what you thought was 11pm is actually 2am. Intimidated? Excited? Already blacked out? Whatever state you’re in, give us five minutes of focus – here’s the breakdown of how to play the King of all Drinking Games.

 

Layout of the Game

This isn’t challenging, so stay with me – we know you guys are easily distracted.

Sit around a table with your friends (again, you’re not a total loner, right?). Put a large mug in the middle of the table (a red cup works fine too). Tell your guys and gals to stop snapchatting or texting their exes, because this game only works when people are paying attention.

King’s Cup is played with beer. We recommend a light beer – Bud Light works great. If you’re feeling like a big man and want to play with a strong IPA, let us know how that works out for you. Don’t reference our King’s Cup rules when you can’t even stand up. Our just forget them, whatever.

Grab a deck of cards. Each card has an action everyone must follow during the game. Spread the cards around the cup, making a circle shape…still with us? Great, keep reading.

The game comes to an end (sadly) when the fourth King is pulled from the deck of cards.

Now that you’re all set up and ready to go, let’s breakdown what each card means. Time to take notes.

Cards and Catchphrases

  • TWO: Two is You – You get to choose someone to drink. Yes, it’s that simple. Just pick someone and say, “Hey, you – drink.”
  • THREE: Three is Me – If you pull a three, then you drink.
  • FOUR: Four is Whores – Ladies, time to drink.
  • FIVE: Jive – If you pulled the Five, do a dance move (i.e. pull your ears and stick your tongue out). The person next to you mimics what you did and adds a move of his own, and so on until someone screws up. Don’t be that guy.
  • SIX: Six is Dicks – Bros, time to drink.
  • SEVEN: Seven is Heaven – As soon as the card is pulled, everyone points to the ceiling (this is where the whole paying attention thing comes in handy).
  • EIGHT: Pick a Mate – When you drink; your mate drinks. This is my personal favorite, a great way to initiate with that special someone you’ve got your eye on. Don’t be shy.
  • NINE: Bust a Rhyme – Pick a phrase or say a word. The person next to you needs to rhyme something with it, and so on. When someone has a total brain fart and can’t pick a simple word in a respectable amount of time (we’ll let you decide what that is), he drinks.
  • TEN: Categories – Pick a category and everyone needs to think of something within that category. Confused? That’s okay; let us paint the picture for you. John says “Cars.” Larry says “Ferrari.” Paige says “Toyota.” Tom says “uhhh…. uhhh… Ford.” Tom drinks. Come on Tom.
  • JACK: Make a Rule – Ultimate power. You create a rule that everyone must follow for the rest of the game. This is great because there are already enough rules as it is, and when players need to drink when they forget the rule you made.
  • QUEEN: Questions – Ask someone a question. Don’t be a loser and ask if they are having a good day or what their pappy’s name is. Ask something so rude, so vulgar and so out-of-left-field that the person answering laughs. When he laughs, he drinks. But, if your question sucked and he answers with a statement, you drink.
  • KING: If you pull one of the first three Kings, you pour some of your beer into the mug. If you pull the fourth King, you chug that cupt as fast as you can.

Get Playing

Well, what are you still doing here? Grab your friends and start playing arguably the greatest game in drinking game history. Still have questions about our King’s Cup rules? Let us know. We’re the King’s Cup experts.

Cards and Catchphrases: Review

  • TWO: Two is You – You get to choose someone to drink. Yes, it’s that simple. Just pick someone and say, “Hey, you – drink.”
  • THREE: Three is Me – If you pull a three, then you drink.
  • FOUR: Four is Whores – Ladies, time to drink.
  • FIVE: Jive – If you pulled the Five, do a dance move (i.e. pull your ears and stick your tongue out). The person next to you mimics what you did and adds a move of his own, and so on until someone screws up. Don’t be that guy.
  • SIX: Six is Dicks – Bros, time to drink.
  • SEVEN: Seven is Heaven – As soon as the card is pulled, everyone points to the ceiling (this is where the whole paying attention thing comes in handy).
  • EIGHT: Pick a Mate – When you drink; your mate drinks. This is my personal favorite, a great way to initiate with that special someone you’ve got your eye on. Don’t be shy.
  • NINE: Bust a Rhyme – Pick a phrase or say a word. The person next to you needs to rhyme something with it, and so on. When someone has a total brain fart and can’t pick a simple word in a respectable amount of time (we’ll let you decide what that is), he drinks.
  • TEN: Categories – Pick a category and everyone needs to think of something within that category. Confused? That’s okay; let us paint the picture for you. John says “Cars.” Larry says “Ferrari.” Paige says “Toyota.” Tom says “uhhh…. uhhh… Ford.” Tom drinks. Come on Tom.
  • JACK: Make a Rule – Ultimate power. You create a rule that everyone must follow for the rest of the game. This is great because there are already enough rules as it is, and when players need to drink when they forget the rule you made.
  • QUEEN: Questions – Ask someone a question. Don’t be a loser and ask if they are having a good day or what their pappy’s name is. Ask something so rude, so vulgar and so out-of-left-field that the person answering laughs. When he laughs, he drinks. But, if your question sucked and he answers with a statement, you drink.
  • KING: If you pull one of the first three Kings, you pour some of your beer into the mug. If you pull the fourth King, you chug that cup as fast as you can.

Get Playing!

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