Caps (drinking game)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Caps is a drinking game. It involves throwing bottle caps into 16oz-25oz beer mugs (North America, North Europe, and Argentina), or at another other bottle with a cap balanced on open beer bottles upside down (France).


Four players split into two teams seated 8 to 16 feet apart (butts behind the cup), with a beer mug filled with beer placed between both players. Each side take turns throwing 1 cap each into their opponents' mug. Each time a team makes a shot, the other team gets a chance to "top it" or "match the shot" (rebuttal) by making a shot. If no cancel is made, the team that made the original shot or last top gets the points while the other team must drink a full beer between them. However, if a top is made, the team which originally made the shot tries to make a top as well. This exchange continues until a top shot is missed, at which point the team that missed drinks its beer and a point or points may be awarded to the team that made the last successful shot. The game then continues with both teams taking turns shooting.

The first team to reach five points wins, or the first team to be two points ahead after five. If there is an occasion where three out of the four players make a cap within four shots, the odd man out is the beer fetcher ("bitch"), and if all four players make back-to-back shots then a social is called and both teams drink their beers.

Northwestern University[edit]

Northwestern University plays their own version of caps that has spread to other Big Ten schools as well as universities across the country. In this version of the game, four players in teams of two, sit approximately 15 feet apart. Players on the same team sit adjacent to each other about 15 feet away from the opposing team. A 25 oz glass beer stein or tankard/mug is placed between players on the same team, two of these mugs are needed for the game. Usually at least one glass full of beer or bottle caps is required to play a game. Some groups and players prefer to play where both teams sit with their backs against a wall with the mugs that are between each team also pushed back against the wall. This is often done as the distance between walls in bedrooms is often the right distance to play the game and it also prevents caps from flying everywhere preventing breaks in the game to collect caps. Others simply play wherever there is space, this is frequently in the hallways of fraternity houses.

With the two teams of two set up on opposing side, distribute the caps about evenly between the two teams and pour a can of beer in each mug to complete the setup. The game begins with the youngest player throwing or tossing her cap first. There is no rule as to how a cap must be thrown, only that you must remain seated while throwing. The most common throwing technique is to grip the lip of the cap between thumb and index finger and fling it across to the opponents mug. After the youngest person goes a person on the opposite team (across the playing field) then proceeds to throw a cap. After that person the other teammate on the original team throws and then finally the last person on the second team throws and the game continues in this order. Or simplified it goes, youngest player first (team 1 player 1), then team 2 player 1, then team 1 player 2, and finally team 2 player 2 continuing in this order for the entirety of the game.

If a player hits or sinks a cap into the opposing teams beer without it hitting the ground or wall first the opposing team will get once chance to rebuttal and try to make the a cap in the other teams mug. If the rebuttal is missed the team that missed the rebuttal must drink the beer in their mug and the other team gets a point. Most often the beer is split 50/50 between players, but some choose to alternate whole beers every point. If the team makes a rebuttal then the team that made the original cap gets a chance to shoot again and rebuttal the rebuttal. This second shot should be from the player that did not sink the first cap since the game must always continue in the alternating order that the game began with. Rebuttals can go back and forth as long as the teams keep making caps. When a rebuttal is made no team is awarded a point no matter how many rebuttals there were or who was the last team to miss. Some play that when a rebuttal is hit the team to miss last must drink their beer even though the other team is not awarded a point, others play where after a rebuttal both teams drink regardless of who missed last.

A typical game is first to 11 points and is always win by 2 caps. Therefore if the game is tied 10-10 the next cap does not win as they would only be up by 1 cap. After a team sinks the final cap that would give them the necessary points to claim a victory, instead of just the next player getting a chance to rebuttal, both teammates will get a chance to sink the cap and keep the game alive.

Traditionally, if a player goes the entire game without ever sinking a single cap cleanly (i.e. it does not bounce off the wall or the ground before going in) this player would have to do either a naked lap around the house or building that is being played in or get beer showered by the opposing team.

"Hardos" and those skilled at caps will often self impose a "side beer" during the game, or simply a beer you are drinking on the side outside of the procedures of caps, in order to consume more alcohol and thus make the game harder. There is no limit to how many side beers a player consumes, however, if the opposing team sinks a cap while you have a side beer open and your team misses the rebuttal, your team must drink the beer in the mug and you must also finish your side beer before the next round starts.

Penn State Caps[edit]

Penn State Caps is a version of the game played at Penn State University. The rules vary slightly from caps played at Northwestern University and other Big Ten schools.

The Penn State version of the game involves throwing bottle caps into pint glasses (16 oz.). Four players are split into two teams seated 6 feet apart on the floor with pint glasses between the players on each side. Knees must be behind the glasses. It is recommended to put cardboard under the glasses to prevent liquid spilling on the ground. Teams are seated diagonally, that is to say people from opposing teams sit next to each other. Each side takes turns throwing bottle caps at the opposite side's glass in a clockwise order, starting with the oldest person. Each time a cap is made, a point is recorded and the next person gets the chance to double the wager. If a double is made the next person gets the chance to triple, and if that is made the person after gets a chance to quadruple and so on and so forth. Whomever drinks is the next person to pour. After a point is scored, it is then the teammate of the last point's turn to shoot. If a player shoots out of turn, they must drink. Out of respect, their partner should, but does not have to drink with you. You are then skipped on your next turn. Complication: If a player makes a cap, and the next person is skipped, the next person in the order has a chance to double at the risk of the next player tripling and continuing play.

The first team to eleven points wins. However, you cannot win on a double, or triple, etc. You must win by two. If, at the end of the game, a player has not made a cap, they owe their partner a one page letter of apology.

Variations on this include line caps, and cross caps. Line caps is a variation in which three people sit on one side and the person in the middle is involved in two separate games at once. Cross caps is a variation in which two games are played in a cross pattern with eight people, perpendicular to each other. In cross caps, if caps hit in the air everyone drinks.

If at any point the game is tied and three of the four players call "dueces" the score is reset to 2-2 and any tie after that resets the score back to 2-2 again.

The game is considered a shutout at 7-0 and the losing team owes the person they are sitting next to a letter of apology.

See also

External links[edit]