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What equipment do you need for Circle of Death

  • 1 Deck of cards (available for only $2.62)
  • 1 Middle-cup
  • Beer or any other alcohol

How many people do you need for playing Circle of Death?

You can play Circle of Death with two people, but it certainly makes more fun the bigger the round is. We recommend at least 4-7 people to play Circle of Death.

Circle of Death Setup

Players sit in a circle and put a cup of a strong and or nasty drink in the center of the table. Then the dealer spreads a deck of cards around the middle cup faced down. One player starts by picking the first card, then turns proceed by the player to their left following with their turn.

Circle of Death Rules

A turn in this drinking game consists of drawing a single card and then performing an action associated with that card, just like in Kings. Here are the rules for each card:


Make a rule, and have the ability to undo any prior King’s rules. Whoever draws the 4th King drinks the middle cup though.


Ask one question to another player. After the player answers, he must ask a different question to another player. Whoever doesn’t respond with a question or answer, loses this round. You can’t ask a question back to the person who last asked you.


Drawing a Jack makes you the Thumb Master, entitling you to put your thumb on the table at any time causing all players to race to do the same, where the last player to do so loses. You remain Thumb Master until a new Jack is drawn. The losing player must drink. Cheers!


Choose a category. For example alcohol brands. Take turns clockwise and respond with a thing that fits into that category (without repeating anything). Whoever stops responding or take too long to come up with a thing in that category, must drink.


Say a word that everyone must take turns rhyming with, and the first person to fail or repeat a word drinks

8 and all cards below:

If the color is red, the player that drew the card drinks that number of drinks. Otherwise, they give them out to other players.


When an Ace is drawn, everyone waterfalls (chugs their drink after the person to their right starts chugging in domino fashion, and can’t stop until the same person to their right stops), starting with the player that drew the Ace.

The game ends when all cards are drawn. If you’re not drunk enough yet, just shuffle all cards back and play another round of Circle of Death, or give Kings Cup a try!

Circle of Death Special Rules

There are some alternative rules to Circle of Death. You can decide if you want to take those in or not. It makes Circle of Death definitely more fun though.

Dangers of playing Circle of Death

It is always important to take care when dealing with alcohol. Circle of Death is certainly one of the most entertaining drinking games. We hope you enjoy Circle of Death.

✍️  May 5, 2019

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