Quarters Rules

We know there are many variations to this game.  The following rules describe the particular way we will be playing at the Denver Beer Olympics…DBO Quarters will be played with the participants circled around a table.  There will be two quarters and two cups at each table.  Each cup & quarter will start with a player opposite the other.  The two players will start by trying to bounce a quarter in the quarter cup.  These players will be on opposite ends of the circle of players.  After a player bounces his or her quarter into the cup, he or she will pass the quarter and cup to the left.  The next player attempts to bounce the quarter in the cup as well, and so on.  Since there are two cups/quarters going around the circle in this way, one will inevitably catch up to the other.  When that happens, the person that “catches” the player still trying to bounce the quarter into the cup must place his or her quarter-cup into the “caught” cup – this action knocks the “caught” player out of the game.  The object of the game is to stay in the longest.  When a player is caught and removed from the circle, one quarter (and cup) goes to the player that did the “catching” and removed the player; the other quarter/cup goes to the player directly across the circle. If there is not an even number of players, the player that caught the previously removed player may choose between the two players opposite.

For the Beer Olympics, each player will compete as an individual and earn points individually – the points from each member of a team will go toward the team total.  There will be approximately 8 players at each table.  Depending on the number of teams and tables, more than one player from each team will be at a table (DBO Crew will keep them separate).  All tables will begin play simultaneously.  The tables will reduce in number as players get “caught” and are knocked out.  When a table gets down to four players, they must wait for another table to be reduced to four players.  The two tables will be combined and continue play until the next combination.  Eventually, there will be only one table of eight players; this is the Final Table and only way for points to be earned.  The points for each player remaining will be determined by the order in which a player is knocked out of the final table.   Each player’s points will go toward their team total.

 Note: Multiple players from each team could make it to the final table.  This would be advantageous for a team in that situation, because the order each player is knocked out at that final table determines the points for that player and for his or her overall team total.  If a team has more than one player adding to the team points, it will be that many more points for the team in this one event.

Illustrated Example

The example shows one table in the case of 8 teams.  In the illustration below, the quarters start as described above (in this example, player #1 and #5 start with the quarters).  The quarter that starts with player #5 eventually catches up the other quarter at player #2.  In this case, player #2 would be removed.  The game would restart with the remaining players.  One quarter would go back to player #1 and the other would start across the table.  In this case (since there are an odd number of people left), player #1 would choose where the other quarter would start (player #1 would have to choose between player #5 or player #6).  The first two tables to have 4 players left would be joined together to make one table of 8 and will continue playing together.  As the next two tables to reach 4 players combine, the overall total number of players gets reduces.  At one point, the total number of players remaining will b 8 and would form the final table.  They will play until there is one person remaining.  Players from the same team will not be placed next to each other.  The only exception will be if it is unavoidable.

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