5 Different Ways to Play Russian Roulette Drinking Game

I couldn’t miss the chance to include Shot Roulette as it’s an all-time favourite that we often pull out at parties.

So how to play Russian Roulette Drinking Game. To play, you fill the shot glasses with a variety of alcohol. Some disgusting, some strong, weak and water. You never know what you will get. Spin the wheel, throw in the ball. The ball lands on a number that will match a shot glass.  Drink the shot and move onto the next player. The Russian Roulette gun and bullets are replaced with drinking shots.

 As there are a variety of ways to play the drinking shot roulette, we are going to cover the most popular versions of this drinking game.  

Claire and I have played all varieties but I must tell you, we spent more time laughing and trying out the one that involves using the gun revolver than actually playing the game.

Shot Roulette Spinning Wheel

This is the most popular drinking version of Russian Roulette. The game itself you need to buy, but they are available everywhere and cheap from around $10.00

 Number of players


 What you need

  • Russian Roulette shot drinking Game
  • Variety of Alcohol

 Set Up

  • Set up the roulette spinning wheel on a table
  • Fill the shot glasses with a variety of alcohol (which vary in strength)
  • The best way to surprise the players is fill some shot glasses with a disgusting tasting drink!
  • Option to fill 1 or 2 with water as a relief.

How to play 

  • A player spins the wheel and throws in the ball
  • The ball will land on a number which matches the shot glass.
  • Player drinks the shot and play moves on the next player
  • If the shot is empty, play moves on the next player

The aim of the game is to have the players on their toes and a little concerned about what shot they will have to drink

End of the Game

  • The game ends when there are no shots left

Shot Roulette with Cards and Dice

This is a really fun version where you don’t need to purchase any game, just use dice, cards and alcohol. I personally like this version

Number of players

3+ The more the better

What you need

  • Cards
  • Dice (2)
  • Shot Glasses – depending on how many people play but at least 15 – 20 shots
  • Variety of Alcohol

The person who pours the shots, should do it without any of the players knowing what the shots are made of. Ideally that person doesn’t join the game

Set Up

  • Take the 4 Kings and 4 Aces out of the deck of cards
  • Shuffle the cards and lay them out in a circle face up.
  • If you are using 15 shots – lay out 15 cards – 20 shots layout 20 cards etc…
  • Your aim is to put a shot on each card.
  • In addition, add the 4 kings randomly to the circle and put a shot on each one.
  • Fill the shot glasses with a variety of alcohol, including a few strong and disgusting tasting ones. You can add a few with water

 The cards

The number on the cards are as follows:

  • Jack = 11
  • Queen = 12
  • 2 -10 as normal
  • King – when a player rolls a double to times in a row – drink the shot on the king

How to play

  • First player rolls the 2 dice
  • Whatever number the dice add up to, find the card with the shot on
  • Drink the shot
  • Next player to go


  • If there is more than 1 card with the same number – just choose 1 card and drink 1 shot
  • If there is no shot on the card, roll again until you get a number with a shot on it or another option: If there is no shot on the card, you pass and next player takes a turn.
  • Roll a double 2 times – take a shot from the king plus drink the shot on your card.

 Game Ends

  • Game ends when no shots are left


As you play this game there are lots of additional rules you can add.

  • You can increase or decrease the number of shots
  • Mix up the variety of drinks
  • Include the Aces and made up a rule for taking the shot from the Ace 

Like all the other versions of drinking Russian Roulette, the aim is to have a few terrible shots so the players are on edge the whole time, wondering which one they will drink. 

Russian Roulette Drinking Game Revolver

 This has been added as a version but you can hardly call it a game! It’s honestly really stupid. But saying that we had so much fun trying it out. We bought the plastic revolver, which didn’t cost much. Filled them with alcohol and proceeded to shoot the alcohol down our throats.  

We got into a hell of a mess but have a brilliant laugh.

Verdict – Worth buying the drinking guns just to experience the mess we got into and so much laughter

As a game – Hopeless

Russian Roulette Spin the bottle Drinking Game

This is your simple spin the bottle version of Russian Roulette. I think there are better ways to play shot roulette but again we had lots of fun setting it up and playing the game. Give it a go and make your own mind up. 

Number of players

3+ the more the better 

What you need

  • Empty bottle
  • Lots of shot glasses (depending on how many play)
  • Variety of Alcohol

 Set Up

  • Place an empty bottle in the middle of a table
  • Fill the shot glasses with a variety of alcohol which vary in strength
  • The best way to surprise the players is fill some shot glasses with a disgusting tasting drink!
  • Option to fill one of 2 with water as a relief.
  • The best way to play this game is to have lots of shots in a circle.

How to play

  • First player spins the bottle
  • When bottle stops, whatever shot its pointing at that player drinks the shot
  • The player then refills the shot glass without any other player seeing what shot went in
  • Play moves on the next player


  • You can decide at the beginning how many rounds you want to play replacing the empty shot glasses – We refilled each shot glass twice and then removed them
  • If the bottle lands in between shot glasses – if its dead centre, spin again. Or choose the glass it is closest to.

 End of the Game

  • The game ends when there are no shots left or you put a time limit on the game

Drink Roulette Online App

Get the app link here

 Claire and I are getting to know the online versions of the most popular drinking games. Here is an overview of apple’s (IOS) Drink Roulette. This game is based on spinning a wheel and questions that are a combination of truth and dares.

 I have added it because it is worth a mention but there are better online drinking games available

 You have 5 game modes but only the classic is free.

We tried out the classic

 Here is what we found

  • You enter your names to play and press play and then the classic mode to enter
  • All the names appear on the wheel, which is cool
  • Spin the wheel
  • The wheel will land on someone’s name and ask a questions, dares and roles

Examples of Classic mode

  • Ethan – Show your search history or take 2 sips
  • Ethan and Claire – Say together your name backwords as fast as you can, Loser takes 2 sips
  • Ethan, you become a talking clock. Tell the tell every 5 minutes. If you forget take 3 sips
  • Claire, drink 4 sips of Sue’s drink

I think it’s a good drinking game starter or filler, when you need some ready-made questions or you have nothing planned and take your phone out at the pub and play

Check out these videos  for a visual on how to play a variety of Russian Roulette Drinking Games


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