What is King’s Cup Drinking Card Game?

Kings Cup is known as the best drinking card game ever created! It is a party drinking game that can be played with only a deck of cards. Players take turns picking cards where each card requires an action or challenge. Kings Cup game goes by other names such as Circle of Death, Ring of Fire, Waterfall, Kings, or Just Kings. You can call the Kings drinking card game by whatever name you want. It is designed to get all the players drunk and does a great job. We will take you through how to play, the official Kings rules, and where to buy it.

Kings Cup Drinking Card Game Rules


How to Play Kings Cup Drinking Game  

Kings Cup is one of the simplest drinking card games to play. All you need is a deck of cards, pen & paper, a lot of alcohol, and a group of 3 or more friends. If you do not have a pen and paper handy, you can write the rules on your phone or buy an official Kings Cup Drinking Card Game sets for around $10 to $15.  Place a big cup in the middle of the table and spread out all the cards around this. The cup in the middle is the King’s Cup. If you are the player to draw the last king, you will find out more about the King’s Cup a little farther down.

Just like a deck of cards, there are 52 cards in a deck, with 4 suits, and 13 different cards. Write down on a piece of paper the different cards (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King).  Each one of these will require a specific action or rule.  You can make up your own or use our PDF download below, so you don’t have to write them all out by hand.  Keep reading for details on each rule.

Kings Cup Drinking Rules

The Kings Cup Drinking Game features 14 different rules, one rule for each number of card drawn. It’s a good idea to get familiar with the rules before you start the game. We suggest writing it down or printing out the PDF and making it visible to players for reference. Feel free to make up your own, otherwise here are the classic Kings Cup Drinking Card Rules.

Here are the Card Values:

Ace – Waterfall *

2 – Give away 2 Drinks

3 – Three For Me (Take 3)

4 – Touch The Floor  Drinks *

5 – Girls Drink 1

6 – Guys Drink 1

7-  Raise Hand to Heaven *

8 – Choose a Mate*

9 – Rhyme Card*

10 – Never Have I Ever

Jack – Make a Rule*

Queen – Questions*

King – Kings Cup*

See below for more info on *

Card Rule Definitions:

  • Aces are for Waterfalls – The player that draws the Ace will begin to drink, then the person to their left starts, then the next person until everyone is drinking. You do not stop until the person to your right does.
  • Two is for you – This means that you point to someone and say “you” and they will have to drink 2.
  • Three is for me – Draw 3 and you take 3 drinks.
  • 4 is touch the floor – Last person with their hand down on the floor must take a 1 drink.
  • Five is for the guys – All men take 1 manly drink.
  • Six is for the chicks – All women take a superwoman-sized drink .
  • 7 and raise your hand to heaven – Everyone at the table must put both hands in the air as quickly as possible. The last one to do so must drink.
  • 8 Choose a Mate – Choose a mate to drink with you card. For every drink you take, they take, until another 8 is pulled. This excludes the Kings Cup
  • 9 is time to say a rhyme Card – The player who draws this card starts by saying a word everyone must rhyme to. Do not be a dick and say orange, but something like “why” is a good start. Why, sly, ply, fly, got it? The person who fails to think of rhyme in 5 seconds or repeats a word already said must drink.
  • 10 is categories – The player who drew the card chooses a category and everyone says something that fits the description. Good categories include sex positions, brands of beer, chocolate bars, and big booty chicks. For example, for types of beer starts with the person to the left of the player that drew the card and says, Budweiser. After this, it goes around kokanee, Heineken, becks, etc. until someone can not think of anything in this category (or within 5 seconds) and must drink.
  • Jack a rule in – When a player draws a jack, they get to make up a rule that must be followed for the rest of the game. Some example rules may be that nobody can swear, say names, no drinking with the right hand, nominate jimmy as beer bitch, start all words with hashtags, or that only Justin Bieber songs can be played for the rest of the game. Any player who breaks the rule (each time) must have a penalty drink.  My favorite rule is that every time you take a drink you must take your monkey off the cup before and after your drink.
  • Queen loves questions – The player who picks this card starts by asking a question. Going around the circle each person must answer their question with a question. For example, the first question may be what is my favorite drink? The next person may say “are you talking about beers” or “I forget don’t you like palm bays?” It goes around until someone is not able to answer the question or takes more than 5 seconds to start. Plus, if it is not a valid question or is just plain stupid call out your fellow players to drink.
  • King is for the king’s cup – It is fine to draw a king, but make sure you are not drawing the fourth king in the deck. The first 3 players to draw a king pour whatever they are drinking into the cup in the center of the table. We play max 1 shot or 1/3 beer, so it is not too ridiculous. When the fourth king is drawn, this poor bastard must drink the rest of the mix signaling the end of the game. Drink it with pride then put your crown on your head.

Where to Buy Kings Cup Drinking Card Game Set

As we mentioned, you need nothing more than a classic game of cards. There are a lot of fun version, but we highly recommend that the one you buy is a waterproof deck. Nothing is worse then some spills or condensation getting on the cards and wrecking them. Not all the games below are waterproof but here are some fun Kings Cup Drinking Card Games.

As we said above there are several different variations, but the rules are pretty much the same. Kings Cup Drinking Card Game is featured in our 20+ Drinking Card Games List or you might also like Drinking Jenga. Feel free to leave comments on any rules or variations you use and thanks for reading!

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