Trivia games are usually only really fun for people who know trivia. After all, how are you gonna go up against the guy with an encyclopedic knowledge of history when you barely passed social studies? Wits and Wagers levels the playing field by turning your typical trivia board game into a gambling free-for-all. You’ll place bets on the guesses of your friends, earning points and poker chips every time you get it right. Wits and Wagers proves that you don’t always have to be the brain of the group to win–sometimes you just need to bet on him!
Make Your Guess
One of the coolest parts of the board game Wits and Wagers is that it comes with a bunch of cool components that allow you to make your guesses and place your bets with style. The board game comes with 100 question cards that all have questions on them such as “How many hills are there in Rome?” or “How many feet are there in a football field?”
Players are all given their own small dry erase board and pen on which to write their guesses each round. Those who aren’t widespread in their trivia knowledge have no need to fret. The winner of the round is the person whose bet comes closest to the actual answer without going over it. The game comes with 700 questions in categories such as Pop Culture, History & Government, Sports, and even Wild & Zany.
Place Your Bets
The thing that sets Wits and Wagers apart from other trivia board games is that it adds a gambling component to the game. If you have no idea what the answer to the question is but you believe one of your friends knows the answer, then you can bet on the answer you believe to be correct using poker chips. These come in different colors to signify 1, 5, and 25 points per chip.
The board game also comes with a large felt mat where you lay down your chips to make your bet. Once all the players have made their guesses and revealed their answers, they’ll lay the dry erase boards down on the mat from lowest to highest. Players then get 30 seconds to place their bets on any player’s guesses. This is where it pays to know people because if your dad is a history buff, chances are he’s the guy who would know which year the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Cashing In the Chips
Each slot pays out a different amount in the event that the answer is correct. While the middle slot pays out 2-1, the slots go up to 3-1, 4-1, and even 5-1 for the guesses on either side. If the correct answer turns out to be even smaller than the smallest guess or higher than the highest guess, then whoever bets on that slot will be paid out 6-1 for their bet.
Wits and Wagers Sequels
Wits and Wagers has released several sequel games that add new themes or rules to the original board game. Super Wits pits heroes against villains, using the original rules of the game while adding special powers that each player can use. If you bet on your own answer, you can do things such as change the payout odds or switch the bet of one of your friends after the answers have been revealed.
Wits and Wagers Family simplifies the game to make it easier to play and more appropriate for kids. It also removes the gambling element of the game by using a “Meeple” playing piece to place bets and score points instead of using poker chips.
Wits and Wagers: Where Trivia Meets Gambling
Wits and Wagers is playable by 3-7 players, which makes it a great game for small parties or family game nights. It’s also suitable for ages 10 and up, as younger players can easily enjoy betting on one of the adults’ answers rather than having to know the trivia themselves. Playing time lasts around 25 minutes, which is perfect for a small icebreaker game. Buy Wits and Wagers today and put your money where your mouth is!