The Bottom Line
- Exceptionally fun and clever party / trivia game.
- Can be played with up to 21 players.
- Don't need to know the right answers to win.
- Some find the final "all-in" question too powerful.
- Some will be turned off by the gambling /casino theme.
- For 3 to 21 players, ages 10 and up.
- Published by North Star Games.
- Designed by Dominic Crapuchettes, Satish Pillalamarri, and Nate Heasley.
- About 30 minutes per game.
- Comes with 700 questions, 120 Poker chips, 14 cubes, timer, betting mat, laminated answer cards.
Guide Review - Wits & Wagers
Play begins with each player holding 80 points worth of chips. When a question is read, everyone writes down an answer on a dry erase board; they're all revealed simultaneously. Since all answers are numbers, they can be easily sorted and spread on the high-quality felt betting mat.
Players then choose which one or two answers they want to bet on -- the goal is to bet on the one closest to being correct without going over. The answer in the middle only pays 1:1 odds, so it can be beneficial (and risky) to bet on an answer at one extreme or the other. The largest and smallest answers each pay 4:1. If you're willing to bet on "smaller than all given answers," you can win 5:1.
Once the bets are made, the correct answer is read. Every player who bet correctly collects the appropriate number of chips; the player who actually wrote the right answer gets a 10-point bonus. For six questions, players are limited in how much they can bet. However, the seventh and final question allows for "all-in" betting -- and often the winner is determined by smart betting on this final question.
Everything about Wits & Wagers is done right: this game provides clear rules, excellent components, and always a fun time.