Backgammon is an exciting casino game which requires player’s skills and a bit of luck to be won. Considered one of the most popular games in brick-and-mortar casinos for more centuries, it has since made the jump to the Internet and is now one of the most played online casino games in the world, next only to poker, and slots.
The online casino version of backgammon has adapted the rules, the equipment, sometimes even the air that is also present in its real-life counterpart. Here then is an exploration of the basics of this online game which every beginner must know.
Players. Online games of backgammon only needs two players. Anything less or more than that hinders from effectively playing the game.
Backgammon Board. An online game will have most prominent on the computer screen the backgammon board. It is divided into four quadrant each with six points, or triangles with alternating colors of which each board has 24. On the board, players will each have a home or inner board and an outer board distinguished from each other by a raised bar.
Equipment. Backgammon in online casinos features requires virtual versions of the equipment for brick-and-mortar games. Aside from the board, there are 30 checkers, halved into two colors, a pair of six-sided dice, one doubling cube, and two dice cups for a regular backgammon game. The checkers and dice are highly visible in the online game version, but the dice cups are sometimes not included anymore as the computer already performs its function.
Game Objective. In order to win in backgammon, the players must strive to be the first to move their checkers into their home board and then to bear off all their checkers. The same holds true for the online version.
Game Movement. Backgammon’s general play movement is very simple. One player needs to play from the opposing home board, then move to the opposing outer board, onwards to his/her own outer board, and finally to his/her own home board.
How to Start. In both backgammon’s brick-and-mortar and online casino varieties, every backgammon game begins with what is known as the starting position. Two checkers for each players 24 point, five on 13 point each, three on 8 points each, and five on each 6 point. The first play begins with each player throwing a single die. The one who throws a higher number will move first, and will use the total of his throw and that of his opponent as basis for his first checker movement. After this, the opposing player will throw both dice to move his checkers. The two players will alternate the rest of the game.
After someone interested in learning to play backgammon understand the basics of how to begin play for either (or both) of its online casino or brick-and-mortar versions, s/he must begin to research about the rules of the game as well as strategies for winning. It must be reiterated: while Lady Luck’s whims can affect the results of every dice throw, a player may also be able to control his/her chances of winning if s/he knows how to properly manipulate the game.