Standard Setup

For teams of two playing, set up ten cups per side in the outline on the table. The flat end of the triangle should be aligned against the end of the table. For single player game, the triangle consists of six cups. The cups are filled to one-third with your choice of beverage. Place a cup with water onto the maple leaf circle, this is used to clean the balls between shots. These specific cups are exempt from the game rules.

1. Starting

Flip a coin or simply decide who throws first.

2. Taking turns

Each player on the team gets one shot per round. If your team sinks both balls in one round, you get one ball back for a bonus shot.

3. Shots

The ball can be thrown or bounced into the cup. The shooter's elbow is not allowed to cross the plane/edge of the end of the table. At no time is any part of the player allowed to touch the table or the cups.

4. Sinking Cups

Drain a shot, drink the contents. If a ball is spinning in the cup and hasn't touched the contents yet, you may attempt to blow it out before it touches the cup's contents. You do take the chance however of blowing the ball out of one, but into another cup. If this happens, both cups are considered sunk. Team members must take turns drinking the contents.

5. Re-Racking

In doubles, each team is entitled to two re-racks, single players get one per game. This cannot be done in the middle of a term. You can ask for a re-rack before you start your teams throw. You decide the formation for your cups on a re-rack.

6. Technical Points

If a ball is thrown, misses the cups and bounces off something, (including a player), and back into a cup, that is considered a live ball and the contents must be drank by the cup owner. You are allowed to distract/taunt the other team however you swig one of your own cups if you touch the table, any cups or your opponents' ball.

7. The End

The last cup being hit does not necessarily mean the immediate end of the game. Redemption may kick in.

If your team sinks your opponents last cup, they get an opportunity to throw one of their two balls in attempt to sink it and keep the game alive.

If they sink the ball, they keep shooting until they miss. If at any point they miss and leave cups on the table they lose, game over. If they clear your cups then each team replaces three cups and the game continues.

Losing team is responsible for emptying every remaining cup on the table.

Regional Rules…(Please provide suggestions and feedback, new rules help the party get better.)


Should you complete a game and be on the losing end AND you did not contribute a single sunk cup you are required to sit beneath the table for the duration of the next game. Please sign the underside and date the table for future ribbing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these rules written in stone for each game?
Nope. They are more of a standard or guideline. If you and your opponents can agree on some modifications, so be it. There are a lot of variations on the game, and we just mean to give you a starting pointing. Do what you need to do to have a great time.

Is leaning allowed?
Again, it's up to the individuals playing. If you want to make it consistent across the board, the simple answer is no. Think about the fairness. You could be playing with opponents that are anywhere between five feet and seven feet. You've got advantages and disadvantages. Regardless of what you decide to go with, under no circumstances can anyone touch the cups or the table at any time.

Do your tables have pre-drilled holes for the cups?
No. Pre-drilled holes generally allow for gaps between cups. You don’t want gaps between cups. With a little liquid in the cups, they generally stay in place unless the table is bumped.

Why buy a table from Canadian Pong?
Canadian Pong is in the business of growing and supporting this great game of Pong in Canada. Not only that but it’s the only place you can potentially buy your table for free. For every 50 tables sold, one lucky random customer will get a full refund for their purchase!

What's the guideline on distractions?
The rule of not touching the table, the ball or the cups is non-negotiable. Period. End of discussion. You are allowed to reach over the cups as the ball is being thrown and take your chances. You can wave, flash, wiggle or put on an entire Broadway show. It's legal. Talking smack, particularly about your opponent's mother/favourite hockey team, is pretty standard and even encouraged. Throw them right off their game and get into their kitchens.

If the ball bounces into the cup of a spectator, what happens?
They drink it down. There needs to be ample space around the table anyway so that people can't bump it. If someone is that close, they need to learn. If that person is your designated driver, you might take the hit for them. If you're attracted to the person, let them drink it.

What's the best thing I can do after a tournament?
Call a cab. Seriously. This is supposed be fun and have you coming back.


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