Kings Cup

By: The Rulemaster

Kings Cup also knows as Kings, Ring of Fire or Circle of Death is a drinking card game that is popular over college campuses nationwide. All your friends gather around in a circle and each player must drink based on the card drawn. This game like Beer Pong has many different variations depending on where you live.

What You Need

  • Deck of Playing Cards
  • Table or Coffee Table
  • Kings Cup
  • Alcohol

Setting Up

Everyone needs to sit in a circle around a table with a drink in front of them. Unlike many other drinking games that just call for beer this game is commonly played with either mix drink, beer or both. If it is played with both the mixture at the end for whoever has to drink the King Cup is very disgusting. Shuffle the cards and spread them out into a circle around the empty Kings Cup. The Kings Cup can be any cup but many times people grab a big glass stein or something similar to that.


There are different “house” rules depending on where you live but these are some of the most common ones. The game is played by each player going around in a circle clockwise and doing the action based on the card they drew.

Ace – “Waterfall”

All players must start drinking their beverage, no player can stop drinking until the player to the right of them (different if playing counterclockwise) has stopped except the player who drew the ace. The player who drew the card may stop at anytime. This person essentially determines how long the waterfall will continue.

2 - "You"

The player who drew the card can pick anyone they want to drink.

3 - "Me"

The player who drew the card has to drink.

4 – “Whores”

All the girls must drink.

5 – “Drive”

All the players hold their two hands in front of them like they are holding a steering wheel. The player who drew the “5” starts the game. The person starts by turning their imaginary steering wheel in whatever direction they want and saying “Va-room”. This next continues in a circle. If you what to keep it moving around in the same direction you say “Va-room” but if you want to change the direction you move your imaginary steering wheel the opposite direction as it has been going and say “Errrrr”. Once you do this it changes the direction and now should be moving around the circle in the opposite direction that it had been going. The first person to mess up but either moving their imaginary steering wheel in the wrong direction or by saying the wrong phrase has to drink.

6 – “Dicks”

All the guys must drink.

7 - "Heaven"

Once this card is drawn all players must point up, the last player to do so must drink.

8 – “Mate”

The player who dew the “8” picks another person to be there “Mate”. For the rest of the game if the person who drew the “8” has to drink then the other player has to also. This does not apply in the opposite direction though, if the other player has to drink the person who drew the “8” does not need to.

9 - "Rhyme"

The person who drew the “9” says a word, then all the players go around in a circle saying a word that rhymes with the original word. No word can be said twice and the first player who can’t come up with a rhyming word must drink. This can also be played by rhyming a whole phrase.

10 - "Categories"

The player who drew the “10” picks a category. For example “Brands of Beer” or “Football Teams”. The players then go around in the circle saying items from that category. No item can be repeated. The first player who can’t think of an item or says something not in the category has to drink.

Jack - "Rule"

This person is now the Rulemaster! The player who drew the jack must make a rule that stays for the rest of the game or until another jack in drawn. A popular rule is to make it illegal to say the word “drink”. Then every time someone says “drink” they must drink.

Queen - "Questions"

The player who drew the queen looks at a player and asks a question, the player must then look at another player and ask a question. No question may be reused or rephrased. The first player who says something that is not a question or can’t think of a question must drink.

King – “Kings Cup”

For the first three king’s that are drawn, the players who drew those cards can pour as much of their drink as they would like into the King's Cup that is in the center of all the cards. The fourth person who draws a king must drink all the alcohol in the cup. This also signifies the end of the game.


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