Flip cup

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Flip cup
Drinking Game
Players 4+
Setup time 2–3 minutes
Playing time As long as teams choose
Random chance Easy
Skill(s) required Cup-flipping, Beer-chugging

Flip cup (canoe, taps, flippy cup or tippy cup) is a team-based drinking game.[1] Two teams of an equal number of players stand on opposite sides of a table, facing one another. The players directly facing are opponents. In front of each teammate is a disposable plastic cup filled with a set amount of beer. Generally, the first line inside a disposable cup is used as a marker.

At the start, it is customary for the initiating players to make a toast, after which the first member of each team drinks the entirety of their beverage. When finished, the cup is placed open side up at the edge of the table, and the player who drank it attempts to flip the cup, by flicking or lifting the bottom until it flips and lands face down on the table, sitting on its mouth. The player may not use two hands, or blow on the cup to guide the cup to flip over. If the player is unsuccessful on the first try, the cup is reset and re-flipped. Only after the first teammate is done flipping successfully can the next person proceed. Additionally, subsequent players may not touch or manipulate their cup until the previous player has successfully flipped their cup. Whichever team finishes drinking and flipping all its cups first wins.

Several flip-cup tournaments have been held in the United States.[2][3][4][5]

Flip Cup

Game variants[edit]

Bachelor Party[edit]

Bachelor Party Flip Cup varies slightly from the original version. Rules are the same but teams split up into opposite sides. For example - Bachelor Party NYC had their teams split up between Albemarle High School and non AHS. Albemarle High School went 5-0 during this tournament. The team was composed of alumni from 1988 - 2002.[citation needed]

Batavia Downs[edit]

Batavia Downs flip cup varies slightly from the original version. Batavia Downs flip cup takes place around a circular table and requires a minimum of four players. Two players standing opposite of each other, start at the same time. As each player successfully drinks from and flips their cup the next person to their right (counter clockwise) goes. In addition, after each successful flip, players must refill their cup in the event that the player standing directly left of them successfully lands their cup. The game continues as a circular race until a player is unable to successfully flip their cup, before the person directly to their left flips theirs.

Essentially, Batavia Downs flip cup has only a loser (the last player attempting to flip their cup).[6]

Survivor Mode[edit]

After each round, the losing team must vote one of their players off of the team, but must still continue each subsequent round with the same number of cups (votes resulting in a tie can be settled with a coin flip or rock/scissors/paper). Therefore, they must choose which of their remaining players must drink and flip multiple cups in those rounds. Eventually, a team that has lost some rounds will only have one player left, drinking and flipping the same total number of cups as their team had in each previous round. The final player remaining on a team has the chance to be a hero by single-handedly winning all of the final rounds of the game, but if the final player on a team loses a round, their entire team has lost the Survivor Mode match.


  1. ^ Zembik, Josh (2008-10-14). "Flipping Fun". SportsIllustrated/CNN. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Another favorite pastime". 
  3. ^ Rubin, Mallory (July 16, 2008). "Calling All Flippers". SportsIllustrated/CNN. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Thirsty for Glory". DRAFT Magazine. Retrieved 2008-11-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Flipped Off: The Super Bowl of Flip Cup". Urban Daddy. August 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ The Book of Beer Awesomeness: A Champion's Guide to Party Skills, Amazing Beer Activities, and More Than Forty Drinking Games by Ben Applebaum & Dan DiSorbo