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how to play pyramid drinking game


The Pyramid Drinking Game is a fun and social drinking game that involves cards and skillful drinking. It’s important to drink responsibly and ensure that all participants are of legal drinking age. Here’s how to play the Pyramid Drinking Game:

Materials Needed:

  • A deck of playing cards.
  • A group of friends who are of legal drinking age.
  • Alcoholic beverages (optional).


  1. Gather your friends and sit in a circle or around a table.
  2. Shuffle the deck of cards thoroughly.
  3. Arrange the cards in a pyramid shape with one card at the top, two cards below it, three cards in the row beneath, and so on, forming a pyramid structure. Place the cards face down.
  4. Pour drinks for each player, or have everyone bring their own beverage of choice.


  1. Players take turns selecting cards from the pyramid. The game typically starts with the person who shuffled the cards and goes clockwise.
  2. To choose a card, a player must announce the card’s position in the pyramid (e.g., “Top card” or “Bottom left card”) and then flip it over.
  3. Each card in the pyramid corresponds to a specific action, as follows:
    • Aces (1s): Everyone drinks. Each player takes one sip of their drink.
    • Number Cards (2-10): The player who drew the card takes a number of sips equal to the card’s value. For example, if you draw a 7, you take seven sips.
    • Face Cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings): The player who drew the card assigns sips to other players. They can choose one person to take the sips or divide them among multiple players. For example, you might say, “I’ll give 3 sips to Sarah and 2 sips to John.”
    • Joker (if included): This card often has a special rule assigned to it, such as creating a new rule or starting a drinking game within the game. Players can get creative with Joker rules.
  4. After a card is drawn and its associated action is completed, place the card in a discard pile.
  5. Continue taking turns, drawing cards, and following the corresponding actions until all the cards in the pyramid have been flipped.


  • The Pyramid Drinking Game doesn’t typically have a winner or loser in the traditional sense. It’s more about socializing and having fun with friends while enjoying drinks and games.

Additional Rules and Variations: