When gearing up for a tailgate party, there is nothing better than a little competition to liven up the atmosphere. While drinking games, such as beer pong and cornhole are popular team activities to keep your guests entertained, many groups often forget about the fun and excitement of an old-fashioned relay race.
A modern twist on an old tradition is a game that is commonly known as Flip Cup, though it sometimes goes by alternate titles like Flippy Cup or Tippy Cup. Flip Cup is a team drinking game that has no limit to the number of players. This makes it an excellent option for groups that have larger numbers of willing participants, or competitive crowds.
The premise of the game is the same as any relay race; the first player must fully complete their task before the next teammate may begin. This rule continues down the line until the final teammate has the opportunity to complete their task. Two teams compete and the first entire team to finish is declared the winner. When applying these rules to a drinking game it becomes obvious that the task to be completed is centered on the consumption of alcohol.
Flip Cup begins with the teams lining up along opposing sides of a long table. If there are an odd number of players one may stand at the head of the table to begin the match, though this person will participate as a judge rather than competitor.
Next, each player will face one opponent from their rival team so that the pairs are matched in the order that they will participate in the challenge. The last person in each line, usually referred to as the anchor, is generally the player with the most skill or ability to excel in the case of a close race.
The match can begin in either of two ways. One method is with the judge completing the challenge alone. At the point that the judge’s cup has landed in the proper position, the teams may then race to begin. The other option, in lieu of a judge, is for the first members of each team to tap their cups together. This ensures that both sides have declared that they are ready.
The first part of the challenge is to consume the entire contents of the cup, usually a red Solo cup. The cup can be filled with each member’s drink of choice, however, it is generally ensured that all cups are filled with the same quantity of liquid. If multiple rounds are planned, it is suggested that the cups are only partially filled to ensure that the fast-paced game can be maintained at a realistic rate of alcohol consumption.
Once the individual has emptied their cup, it is then placed on the edge of the table with a portion of the cup balanced over the ledge. Using one hand, the player must then tap the bottom of the cup in such a way that results in it flipping over and landing with the open rim down on the table. This may take several attempts. Only when the cup has landed face-down, may the next player commence to pick up their own cup. This action repeats down the line, with both sides racing each other, until a winner is declared.
Flip Cup is an energetic, group game that is ideal for competitors of all skill levels. The teamwork and rivalry are the perfect components for any lively party or tailgate. Large crowd, or small, it is certainly an effective way to involve the entire group in your alcoholic entertainment.