How to Play Shot Glass Tic-Tac-Toe

By Timothy Baron
Tic-tac-toe as we knew it in grade school

Tic-tac-toe is a childhood favorite for many, and shot glass tic-tac-toe brings renewed interest to the game for adults. The rules are the same: get three Xs or Os in a row, column or diagonal to win. After the game is over, however, there's an interesting new twist. The loser must drink from their shot glasses. Instead of drawing your Xs and Os on a sheet of paper, players place their shot glasses strategically on a board. The results lead to rapid drunkenness, so practice some self-control when playing.

Turn your table into a playing board by drawing a tic-tac-toe grid using the electrical tape. The grid should look like a pound sign (#) with two vertical lines and two horizontal lines bisecting them. Space the lines at least 3 inches apart to ensure that the shot glasses fit into the grid.

Mark three shot glasses as Os and three shot glasses as Xs using the electrical tape. Fill the glasses with liquor.

Choose two players and flip a coin. Let one of the players guess heads or tails. If he guesses correctly, he can choose to be X or O. If he guess incorrectly, then the other player chooses.

X goes first by placing a shot glass on the playing board. O goes second.

The players take turns placing shot glasses on the board until one of them gets three in a row, column or diagonal. The loser must drink all of his shots on the board. If the board fills up with shot glasses and neither player wins, then it is a tie (also known as a "cat" game). In this case, both players down one of their shots.