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Backgammon Club and tournament play
Enthusiasts have formed clubs for social play of backgammon. Local clubs may hold informal gatherings, with members meeting at caf?and bars in the evening to play and converse.”Tribes of Sydney — Sydney Backgammon Club”, The Daily Telegraph (Australia). June 24, 2006. p. 95Bray, Chris. “Backgammon”, The Independent (London). June 29, 2002. p. 50 A few clubs offer additional services, maintaining their own facilities or offering computer analysis of troublesome plays.Bray, Chris. “Backgammon”, The Independent (London). November 25, 2000. p. 19 Some club leaders have noticed a recent growth of interest in backgammon, and attribute it to the game’s popularity on the internet.Laverty, Roy. “Backgammon warriors — columnist, club member square off as board game’s popularity grows”, The Alameda Times-Star. May 16, 2003. Section: Bay Area Living.
A backgammon chouette”Chouette” is a French term, referring to owls. As slang, it can also mean “cool”, “nifty”, “neat”. Chouette, French Wikipedia. permits three or more players to participate in a single game, often for money. One player competes against a team of all the other participants, and positions rotate after each game. Chouette play often permits the use of multiple doubling cubes.
Backgammon clubs may also organize tournaments. Large club tournaments sometimes draw competitors from other regions, with final matches viewed by hundreds of spectators.Magriel, Paul. “Backgammon: Before Planning Big Attack, Be Sure to Cover Your Rear”, The New York Times. June 1, 1980, Late City Final Edition. Section 1, part 2, p. 50. The top players at regional tournaments often compete in major national and international championships. Winners at top tournaments may receive prizes of tens of thousands of dollars.Maxa, Rudy. “Where the Rich And the Royal Play Their Games — Monte Carlo’s Seven-Day Backgammon Soiree With Countesses, Princes and Other Sharpies”, The Washington Post. September 6, 1981. p. H1 One sponsor announced a purse of US$1,000,000 for a tournament held in the Bahamas in 2006.”PartyGammon.com to Stage First Ever US$1 Million Backgammon Tournament”, PR Newswire. July 10, 2006. Retrieved via Lexis-Nexis on August 12, 2006.
World Backgammon Championship
Prior to 1979, there was no single world championship competition in backgammon. A number of tournaments were held in Las Vegas and the Bahamas. Since 1979, the World Backgammon Championship in Monte Carlo has been widely acknowledged as the top international tournament. The tournament in Monte Carlo draws thousands of players and spectators, and is played over the course of a week.
When backgammon is played for money, the most common arrangement is to assign a monetary value to each game, and to play to a certain score, or until either player chooses to stop. The stakes are raised by gammons, backgammons, and use of the doubling cube. Backgammon is sometimes available in casinos. As with most gambling games, successful play requires a combination of both luck and skill, as a single dice roll can, in some circumstances, significantly change the outcome of the game.