Presentation of the backgammon
Ancient Egyptians are believed to have launched backgammon, around 5,000 years ago. Although many now consider it a game of chance or luck, it began as a strategy game, a war game.
The present version of the game was developed in the early 1900s. It has enjoyed worldwide popularity since the late 20th century. Nowadays, we can not play it just against another human, but with a computer – at different levels of complexity.
The foundations of backgammon
two players, a board or table with 24 triangles (called “dots”), 2 sets of 15 counters, 2 cut out, a cup of dice, and a doubling cube are required in backgammon. The game begins with each player throwing a matrix; the player with the higher number undertakes the opening process. The jet dice also direct the movement of the meters. Players take turns throwing the set of dice, moving their counters based on the outcome of their throw.
Players race to be the first to remove all their counters from the board. A typical game lasts only for a few minutes. Thus, players usually play more than one game or round in a single session.
How to play
Backgammon can be played for money (“gambling”), for points (“match game”) or in its social form (“Owls”). When players in any form of backgammon mark each game separately, it is still called “gambling” even when they do not bet any money. Not surprisingly, many people prefer the excitement of the game for the money rather than the fair points.
In the money game, the game continues for a predetermined number of rounds, or a specified duration, or until one of the players wins, or drops a double.
Backgammon is also played without stakes, strictly as a game. In match play (also known as tournament play), players agree on the game until one of them wins a number of points.
An Owl, meanwhile, stings a player against two or more players on the same board. As a general rule, owls follow the rules of gambling.
Although it is easy to learn backgammon, it can also become very competitive – and so difficult to win. Experts note that some time-tested strategies can help guarantee the gain. This backgammon device reminds its players that it was designed as a strategic war game and not luck.
Chance or skill?
Unlike most casino games, backgammon not only requires luck but also the skill. Both elements are so delicately balanced in the game that the discussion – whether it’s a game of skill (like chess) or a game of luck (like roulette) – continues unabated.
With skill games, the weaker player has a very low chance of winning. In backgammon, this is not the case. With luck games, the skill can only minimize one loss. But in backgammon, that’s not the case either. This feature of the game is perhaps the reason why it is still around and still popular after thousands of years.