Backgammon has always been a popular gambling game and today, with online Backgammon, its becoming an even more popular way to wager cash and win money for those who like a little risk and are prepared to put up money in a game of personal skill.
There are three primary ways to gamble at Backgammon; online, in live tournaments, or just as a private game between two individuals. You can play for a fixed amount of cash for each point scored or for a fixed amount for a whole game. Below you can find some useful information and advice on gambling at Backgmmon in all its various forms.
Before you put up your own cash in a game of Backgammon make sure you are a competent player. You can find what you need to know about game play on backgammon-play.net from the rules to Backgammon to the skills and tactics involved in winning, as well as plenty of information on all aspects of the game from its history to game sets.
Online Backgammon Gambling
Websites offering games of Backgammon against a real human opponent are a great way to play Backgammon without having to travel to a tournament or club. These sites offer free games without having to gamble money so you can get a handle on the software and game play. Once you're happy with playing online you can put up your own money in competitive play. The website running the game will take a "rake" which is a percentage of the cash winnings in return for providing the software and opportunity to play. There are many thousands of players online at any time so you will have no trouble finding a game. Most sites offer rankings which give an indication of the level of expertise individual players have. So if you're new you should be able to have a fair crack at a game.
Getting Started: Look for a big button on the website that may say "Play Backgammon" or "Download". Click on it to download the installation software and run it (it should be on your desktop as an icon). Now you can run the Backgammon playing software, select your preferred language, and enter your details (name, credit card number, etc.). You can now start playing Backgammon online for money or for fun.
Bonuses: There is often a bonus available to first timers that you should claim, giving you an instant head start.
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Live Tournament Backgammon Gambling
The most exciting way to play Backgammon is in Backgammon tournaments with live, face to face human opponents. The chances are there won't be any local tournaments in your area, but if you can travel to a tournament and you think you're proficient enough, then by all means do so. The other more experienced players should happily explain the procedures involved and offer all the help you need. There should be different levels of skill available for you to choose from. If you're new then go for the lowest skill level available.
Professional live tournaments can offer huge amounts of money as prizes to the winning players. The professional Backgammon tournaments take place all over the world, which means they are only really open to the committed player with a large bankroll available to them.
Unlike online Backgammon play, you won't have aa computer highlighting the available moves, so you must count off points yourself. You should get use to doing this in your head before attempting live tournament play.
Gambling in the Private Backgammon Game
If your playing a private game for stakes you should both agree on the stakes and method you're going to use to determine the winning player's winnings. You could simply play for a fixed amount for a game, or more professionally use the doubling cube and include gammons, backgammons, and other rules to determine the amount won or lost. Try and make sure the game is a friendly one by following proper Backgammon etiquette. You will find this more enjoyable than bickering and using gamesmanship with your opponent.
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