Probably the play that best epitomizes a line from another of Shakespeare's plays "Neither a borrow nor a lender be..." the Merchant of Venice is a cautionary comedy about gambling on love. When Bassanio has to borrow money from a friend (who has to borrow that same money from a loan shark) just so he can take a gamble for the fair Portia's hand in marriage, a whole house of cards comes tumbling down. Will the creditors be merciful? And yes, since the metaphor of gambling on love is so prevalent, where else would we set our scene but the gambling halls of Vegas? Come try your luck, just remember: what happens in Venice, stays in Venice.