Drinking Card Game

Kings Cup

Kings Cup is a drinking card game that is very popular on every college campuses worldwide. Learn what you need, how to set up and all the rules to play Kings Cup.

Party & Drinking Games — March 5, 2019

Equipment for King’s Cup

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Kings Cup set-up

A deck of cards is spread over the table face down. A drink is placed in the middle.

Procedures and rules of Kings Cup

Number of players: 4 - 12 players. Kings Cup is played round by the round in a clockwise direction. Each turn, a player turns over an unturned card. Each card represents an action. When a card is turned over, the player who turned the card executes the action assigned to the card.

Kings Cup basic rules


Waterfall - All players must drink for so long and may not stop until the person stops drinking at their right. The first person allowed to stop is the person who turned the card over.


The player may choose a person to drink.


The player must drink himself.


All ladies at the table have to drink.


All guys drink.


Everyone drinks.


Everyone has to put his left hand on his head. The last one who does this drinks.


The player chooses a friend who must drink with him.


Rhyme - The player may choose a word and clockwise the next player has to figure it out. If no rhyme comes to mind, he has to drink.


Thumbking - The player may choose a position for the other players, to whom he puts his thumb. Every time he puts his thumb in that spot, the other players have to do the same. The player who puts his thumb last on this spot must drink. The Daumenkönig may repeat this as often as he wishes.


The player must finish the drink in the middle. The drink is then replenished.


Categories - The player is allowed to choose a category. Example: car brand. Clockwise - starting with the player who called the category - everyone must mention a car brand. The player who can not think, must drink.


Rule - The player may set a rule or remove a rule. An example of a rule is: Each player may only drink with his left hand. If someone drinks with his right hand, he must drink again. At the bottom of the page we show some examples of further rules.

Kings Cup for Android

If you don’t have a map deck at hand, here’s a online website app that’s designed to play Kings Cup in your browser without downloading an app. It has all cards and rules in:

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Our Rating

Kings Cup

Kings Cup will definitely spice up your next party. Based on how complex, how easy it is to play and how drunk you will get, we give it 5 out of 5 stars. We hope you enjoy Kings Cup as much as we do!

5 out of 5 👌

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