Sunday, 6 May 2018


I just wanted to put up a quick shout-out about Casino as I think it’s a really brilliant packing puzzle. 

Casino comes from the fertile puzzling-mind of Volker Latussek and is beautifully made by the guys at Pelikan.

You get one cube-shaped box and a set of six casino chips to place inside said box… and the only complication is a pair of barely protruding lips on either side of the top of the box… seriously – they couldn’t possibly trouble you at all… except, of course, they do – a lot!

Fitting the six chips into the requisite cubic space is simple – it won’t take any self-respecting puzzlists long at all… but try and put that lot inside the box with the thinnest little lips along the edges, and all bets are off! 

I spent ages with this one and thought I was getting close at one point when I found some arrangements that almost allowed a couple of interesting moves that would have dropped the last piece into place… but I wasn’t happy with the amount of, err, encouragement it required, and set off looking for a better method…

…and of course, there is a far better method, one that literally allows a puzzlists to drop the pieces into place without any encouraging required! 

Pelikan have already sold out, but one or two of the usual suppliers might still have some available – definitely worth trying to track down a copy – it’s a brilliant puzzle – one that will appeal not only to puzzlists, but muggles as well!

Oh, and if you don't beleive me, Kevin liked it too!


  1. Apparently Casino was not made available to Puzzle Master, but will show up on Rombol at some point

    1. Thank you for sharing that, Mr Cube, sir.

    2. It's a shame this puzzle isn't available in the USA. I'd love a copy.

    3. Murray, most of us buy puzzles from around the world all the time... because that's where the makers are. Sometimes that mean we have to pay some postage - for a good puzzle, that's always worthwhile, IMHO.