'Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich - something for nothing.' When George Bernard Shaw came out with that little gem he could well have been talking about Cut and Run, because this brilliant board game combines buying casinos with glamour-packed gambling. But somehow we doubt he was.
After all, the beardy writer's dim view of gambling was expressed years before it attained its glamorous Vegas-style appeal. The problem is, Georgie boy was right to be sceptical, as high-stakes gambling does have its drawbacks - anyone who's winced at the vice scene in Casino will definitely concur with that. So how do you enjoy the thrill of mixing it with the high-rollers without risking violent repercussions? Easy, you buy Cut and Run.
This seriously engrossing board game is the ideal way to bring Vegas to your front room, and you won't even have to put up with hordes of obese, tracksuit-clad fruit machine addicts. Cut and Run has a slight Monopoly feel to it, as players can buy, sell and take over casinos. But there's so much more to it than that.
In a nutshell (or should that be half a nutshell with a dried pea under it?) the idea is to work your way around the board, collect a whole bunch of casinos, and then 'Cut and Run' for victory. Along the way you must accumulate cash by betting via the roulette wheel, dice or cards. Players can also swindle each other by using the special bluff cards. Bankruptcy, auctions and hostile take over bids are also necessary evils in this deviously distracting game.
Featuring pewter playing pieces and a mini roulette wheel, Cut and Run is a beautifully crafted game, and we guarantee its exciting, multifaceted gameplay will keep you riveted for hours. As Bobby de Niro said: 'In the casino the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and keep them coming back.' Hear hear!