Disclaimer: Beirut (beer pong) can be played with alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, or no beverage at all. If you choose to play beirut (beer pong) with alcoholic beverages, you should be of legal drinking age and drink responsibly.

How to Host a Successful Beirut (Beer Pong) Tournament

Hosting a beirut (beer pong) tournament can be a fun, but demanding, venture. This article provides recommendations for hosting a successful tournament.  

Disclaimer: If you choose to play beirut (beer pong) with alcoholic beverages, you should be of legal drinking age and drink responsibly.


Tournament Preparation


For a small impromptu tournament, a single beirut (beer pong) table may be sufficient. However, for a larger tournament, additional tables may be required. Players can be asked to bring additional tables, but another option is to rent tables. Rented tables are usually affordable, and available at any local event rental store. Stores usually deliver and pick up the tables at a minimal price. Be sure to note the pick up time, it will usually be early in the morning requiring the tables to be cleaned and stacked the night before.


Be sure to have a large number of extra cups available. In addition to the cups used for games, cups will be needed for the players and spectators, and for replacing cups that are misplaced or no longer usable. Always leave the fewest number of extra cups in sight as possible, to encourage players and spectators to reuse their cups.


Some balls may be damaged during play or "borrowed" by players of questionable character, so have extra balls available. As with extra cups, be sure to hide any extra balls to discourage mishandling.


The following tool is provided to help estimate the amount of beverage that will be needed to complete a tournament played with basic seeding. The estimation does not take into account personal beverages for players or spectators, or wasted beverage.

Time Estimate minutes
Beverage Estimate 12oz. cans


Be sure to have food on hand for the participants and spectators. There is nothing like barbecue and beirut (beer pong) on a hot summer day.

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Tournament Rules

It is import to decide on the rules of play for a tournament in advance. When deciding on the rules of play for a tournament, keep in mind the number of teams, and the skill levels of players that will be competing. For large numbers of teams, rules should be geared toward reducing the length of game play. Tournaments that with have players of different skill levels competing should hold the simplicity of the rules paramount.

The House Rules Generator™ provides a quick and easy way of preparing rules for a tournament. After deciding on the rules of play, enough copies should be created for each table, or each team in the tournament. It should be made clear, that these rules will be the official, and any attempts to deviate from them will be met with harsh penalties, and possible banishment from tournament play.

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Tournament Fees

To recoup the cost of materials, food, beverages, and time expending while setting up a tournament, an entry fee should be charged per team. It helps to have an accurate count of the number of participants ahead of time, so that the proper amount of materials may be purchased, but this may not be possible. Spectators may also be charge admission for food and beverages they may consume.

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Tournament Structure (Seeding & Brackets)


Unless a tournament is being held as part of league play, seeding will have to be picked by a lottery. Start by compiling a list participating teams. Next, randomly choose teams from the list and assign seeds starting with the number 1. Finally, fill out the tournament brackets based on these seed numbers.

This method prevents teams from choosing their opponents, which might give a team an unfair advantage or disadvantage. It also allows for tournaments that do not have enough participating teams to fill the bracket. The top seeded teams will be awarded first round byes.


Tournament brackets should be displayed on large poster board or paper so that all attendees may see the results easily. Participants should be encouraged to play their next match as soon as their opponent's are determined. The following figure shows a basic tournament bracket for eight teams. The numbers in parenthesis indicate seeds, and the numbers in brackets indicate game numbers.

To extend the number of games that each team plays in a tournament, double elimination may be considered. In a double elimination tournament, teams are placed into a losers' bracket after they lose one game. The eventual winner of the losers' bracket plays the winner of the winners' bracket for the championship. The following figure shows a losers' bracket for eight teams. The numbers in brackets indicate game numbers from the basic tournament bracket.

Alternative Structure

For large tournaments, an alternative structure may be used. Teams may be grouped into pools and be required to play round robin against each team in the pool. After completing the round robin period, teams with the best records from each pool will be seeded based on their records into a basic tournament bracket. This format will require significantly more time and beverages to complete. It is only recommended if there are many tables available to complete games simultaneously.

To create pools, divide the number of competing teams by a multiple of 2 (e.g. 4,8,16) to find the maximum number of teams per pool and then assign teams randomly. The recommended number of teams per pool is 4. More teams in a pool will significantly lengthen the tournament.

Consolation Game

If there is enough time and resources, a consolation game may be played for third place. This will give the teams that were very close to competing for the championship to highlight their talents one more time. The consolation game will also give the teams competing for the championship some time to prepare, but this might not be preferred.

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Tournament Completion

Awards Ceremony

To motivate the jaded participants in your tournament, proper awards are required. Awards should be chosen proportionate to the number of contestants and/or entry fees. If possible, awards for second and third place finishers should also be allotted. Some examples of good awards are: t-shirts, pitchers (glassware), plaques, and trophies. Keep in mind when deciding on awards that beirut (beer pong) is a team sport, with two players on each team. For this reason, trophies and plaques may not be appropriate unless two available per team.

"Special" Achievement Awards

To add an extra dimension of fun to a tournament, award individual players and teams with "special" achievement awards. Ribbons make excellent "special" achievement awards and should be given to players that distinguish themselves from the common beirut (beer pong) player in unique ways such as: best/worst individual performance, worst team performance, best/worst team theme, and biggest trash talker. "Special" achievement awards should be creative and/or extremely cruel. These awards can be kept secret until the tournament awards ceremony to surprise the contestants, or can be chosen by surveying the tournament contestants.


Disclaimer: Beirut (beer pong) can be played with alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, or no beverage at all. If you choose to play beirut (beer pong) with alcoholic beverages, you should be of legal drinking age and drink responsibly.