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The name "Libya" is sometimes used to refer to basic Beer Pong, While the term "Beer Pong" is sometimes used to mean no cups are removed throughout the game. The most common use of the term "Libya" refers to the game described below.

4+ (2 on 2)


Table, Booze (Usually inexpensive pale lager or light beer of 3.2–5% ABV in Keggs and distributed by pitchers), Ping Pong Balls (Usually 38 mm/1.5 in or 40 mm/1.6 in table tennis balls), at least 22 Cups (Usually 16-US-fluid-ounce/470 ml disposable plastic cups - like Solo cups - with ridge-lines to measure the amount of beer to be poured into the cup.).

Intoxication Level

High to Very High


Each team begins the game standing at either end of the table behind their rack of cups. Although the game is usually played on either a ping pong table, a folding banquet table, or a dining table. Players may create a personalized table for use by friends and visitors usually with sports, school, or fraternity logos with a liquid-proof coating.  There are also portable or inflatable tables for sale in the shop. 

On both ends of the table teams assemble equilateral triangles of 10 cups, with the point facing the center of the table and the base of the triangle near the edge of the table. Each team usually has a side cup of water as well, used to rinse off the ball.
According to the The World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP) a regulation size table is 8'x2'x27.5"  


The first team shoots the ball. If the ball lands in a cup, the other team has to drink that cup. After a cup has been hit the cups are reorganized into to the next formation.

1:       O  
       O O 
     O O O 
    O O O O 

2:  O O O
     O O O
     O O O   

 3:  O O O  
       O O 
      O O O

4:     O
       O O
     O O O

5:    O
     O O
    O O O 

6:   O O
      O O 

7:    O O
       O O 

8:   O 
     O O  

9:  O O 

10:  O 

The team that drinks all its cups first loses and also has to drink the remaining cups from the other team.

(Variation A) Beruit, Libya

In place of ping pong balls, some players prefer quarters but this must be used by all players and be pre-determined.

(Variation Ab) Cap Libya

In place of ping pong balls, some players prefer beer caps but this must be used by all players in a gam

(Variation B) Bouncing

Some House rules state that the ball must be bounced into the cups (Common on shorter tables).  Some house rules state that bouncing is not allowed, it is required in others.

(Variation Bb) Bouncing Bonus

Some house rules allow bouncing as optional, If completed, it counts as two or more cups, However the oposing team can swat the ball away after a bounce.

(Variation C) Missed Table

Some House rules include that is a player misses the table a cup of the shooter's choice is removed from his own rack and must be drank by the shooter himself as penalty

(Variation E) Swatting

Some rules allow swatting the ball away if it bounces OFF A CUP in order to stop it from bouncing into another.

(Variation F) Blow

Some house rules allow players to flick or blow the ball out of the cup if the ball spins around the inner rim.  Some allow this only for female players

(Variation G) RollBack

Some House rules state that if a team makes both shots in a round, each player may shoot again (rollback). In World Series of Beer Pong rules one "rollback" is allowed and only one player may shoot (3 cups max per round).

(Variation H) Equivelent Drinks

Some Players use water in the cups instead of beer, and keep beer on the side. Players drink the equivelent in beer. This assures they will not drink any dirt or bacteria from the ball and the beer will be cold.

(Variation I) "Flagship"

Some house rules require that the first cup (at the apex of the triangle) is filled completely.

(Variation J) Empty cups in Play

When the shooting team makes a cup it is drank by the oposing team but not removed, It is placed back in the original position of the pyramid. If the shooting team makes an empty cup they must take a penalty drink from a beer not on the table (A personal cup). 

(Variation L) Liquor Bomb

Sometimes under house rules, there might be cups of other liquors used during the game.

(Variation N) N/A Libya or Water Libya

In this variation The game may be played without beer, usually on a campus where alcohol is not allowed, root beer, ginger ale, or water, is used instead. Water pong is actually more dangerous then water pong due to water intoxication.

(Variation R) Rebuttle or Redemption

If the opposing team makes the last cup, the other loses unless they can make either all remaining cups or simply one cup, depending on "house rules".  If the losing team can hit the rebuttle shots, then the game goes into overtime, where 3 cups are used in the rack, instead of the normal  10.

(Variation Rb) Re-rack or Re-buttle

Some play if a team does not use it's "re-rack" option, then the opposing team is not allowed a "rebuttle", and the game is then over immediately after the winning cup is sunk. This rule encourages players to hold off on "re-racking" until absolutely necessary, or not at all, adding some strategy to the game.

(Variation Rt) Rebuttle Safety

Many play that During rebuttle the miss table rule does not apply.

(Variation S) Kill Cups

In this Variation Cups that were accidentally left in the rack after being made or cups that have been pulled aside but not yet drank are known as "kill cups" or "death cups", these cups will immediately end the game if made again.

(Variation T) Team shot

Some house rules allow players to shoot at the same time in hopes of making it in the same cup. This ends the game.

(Variation Tb) Team Shot Mitagation

Some house rules allow 3 cups instead of ending the game.

(Varitation U) Shutout

A "shutout" or "stink bomb" rule is a house rule usually stated prior to the game. If a shutout occurs, the losing team must do whatever the two teams decided on, such as going streaking or drinking a large quantity of beer.

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