Looking for an engaging and exciting game to ramp up your party’s spirit? Look no further than the Pyramid drinking game. This card-based drinking game is both thrilling and strategic, making it a perfect choice for adult gatherings or social events. It combines the elements of bluffing and guessing with drinking challenges, providing a great way to bond, laugh, and enjoy the night.

The game involves a pyramid-shaped formation of cards, each card representing a specific rule or action.

In this article, we’ll show you how to play the game, the rules, setup, and tips for a great time.

How To Play Pyramid

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Pyramid is a simple yet intriguing game to play. To start, arrange a standard 52-card deck in a pyramid formation face down on the table. The pyramid should have six rows, with the top row containing one card and each subsequent row having one additional card (i.e., 1-2-3-4-5-6).

Each player is then dealt four cards face down, which they can look at but must keep secret from other players.

The game begins with the dealer flipping the card on the top row of the pyramid. If a player has a card of the same value in their hand, they can assign another player to take as many drinks as the row number where the flipped card is located. For instance, if a ‘7’ is flipped in the third row, the player with a ‘7’ in their hand can make another player take three drinks.

If the player on the receiving end suspects a bluff, they can challenge the assigning player, who must then reveal the card. If the assigning player was bluffing, they have to take double the amount of drinks. If they were truthful, the challenger drinks double.

Once all the cards in the pyramid have been flipped and actions resolved, the player with the least amount of drinks is declared the winner.

Rules of The Game

  • Setup: Arrange cards in a pyramid and deal four cards to each player. Cards in players’ hands must remain secret.
  • Card Reveal: The dealer turns over the top card of the pyramid. Players with matching cards in their hand can assign drinks based on the card’s row number.
  • Bluff and Challenge: Players can bluff about having a matching card. If challenged, the player must reveal their card. If caught in a bluff, the player drinks double. If not, the challenger drinks double.
  • Progress Through Pyramid: Continue to flip cards and assign drinks until all cards in the pyramid have been revealed.
  • Winning the Game: The player who has consumed the least amount of drinks by the end of the game is declared the winner.

Remember to ensure that all participants are of legal drinking age and drink responsibly. Pyramid is all about having fun, so relax, enjoy, and let the game bring life to your party!

Summary of Rules

  1. Setup: Arrange a standard 52-card deck in a pyramid formation with six rows (1-2-3-4-5-6).
  2. Player Cards: Each player is dealt four secret cards.
  3. Card Reveal: The dealer flips the top card of the pyramid.
  4. Match & Assign: Players with a matching card can assign drinks to others based on the card’s row number.
  5. Bluffing: Players can pretend to have a matching card and assign drinks.
  6. Challenge: If a player suspects a bluff, they can challenge. Truthful players prove their claim, while bluffers are caught.
  7. Penalty: The bluffer drinks double if caught. If not, the challenger drinks double.
  8. Progression: Continue flipping cards and assigning drinks until the pyramid is complete.
  9. Winning Criteria: The player who consumes the least amount of drinks by the end is the winner.

Tips for Making the Most of Pyramid

  • Practice Makes Perfect: The game relies on speed and accuracy, so practice can help improve your performance.
  • Bluff Smartly: Good bluffing can keep you in the game longer, but remember that being caught in a bluff results in double drinks.
  • Stay Alert: Keep an eye on the other players. If you catch them in a bluff, it could be a game-changer.
  • Drink Responsibly: Remember, the aim is to enjoy the game and ensure everyone else does too. Always drink responsibly and know your limits.


Can you play Pyramid with two people?

Yes, you can play Pyramid with two people, but the game is often more fun with a larger group as it adds to the unpredictability and excitement.

Do you have to drink to play Pyramid?

No, you do not necessarily have to drink alcohol to play Pyramid. The game can be played with non-alcoholic beverages or even snacks for a more family-friendly version.

Can I bluff about multiple cards?

Yes, you can bluff about having multiple cards of the same value in your hand. But remember, if you’re challenged and caught in a bluff, you drink double.

What happens if a player doesn’t have any cards left in their hand?

If a player doesn’t have any cards left in their hand, they won’t be able to assign drinks or bluff when the remaining pyramid cards are flipped. They can still be assigned drinks by other players who have cards left.

What if two players want to assign drinks for the same card value?

If two players have the same card value and want to assign drinks, they can do so. They may assign drinks to the same player or to different players. In a situation where there’s a disagreement, it’s best to decide the order before starting the game or use a quick game of rock-paper-scissors to resolve it.


Whether you’re having a casual get-together or a lively party, Pyramid is an exhilarating game that promises laughter, surprises, and camaraderie. Easy to learn but challenging to master, it’s a game that’s sure to become a favorite. Just remember, the goal is to have fun and enjoy responsibly. Happy gaming!

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