The Pyramid drinking game increases drinking penalties as time goes on. The game involves tricking other players so they believe you have cards that you do not – causing them to drink. Find out how to play below.
Game Type: Card
Required: 1 Deck
Firstly, remove the two jokers from the deck and deal each player 4 cards. Then, deal a pyramid face down in the middle of the table, starting with a single card and ending with five cards wide (a total of 15 cards). You can deal additional levels if you wish to increase the drinking quantity.
Each player looks at their 4 cards and places the cards face-down in a line in front of them. Players must remember the numbers on the cards and where they are placed as you will not be permitted to check during the game.
Each layer of the pyramid increases the drink penalty number, starting at one sip down to five sips.
The dealer takes their time flipping through the pyramid working left-to-right, only proceeding to the next level once the final card is flipped in the current level. As each card flips, the dealer asks if anyone would like to challenge another player.
Once the pyramid card has been flipped, you can challenge another player to that number, eg. “I challenge Sam to a five”. You only challenge verbally and do not flip a card. Although you are not required to have the number to challenge, you can leave yourself open to high-drinking penalties if you’re lying.
If you have been challenged, you have three options:
The game continues until all cards in the pyramid has been flipped, and challenges on the final card have been completed.
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