The World of Online Backgammon

Backgammon is a game that requires lots of luck and even more skills is played by two people each with fifteen checkers on a board with 24 spaces or points. The dice is rolled and the checkers are moved accordingly. The goal of the backgammon game is for each player to try bring his checkers home before the other player does. To do so, one must hit and block the enemy's checkers. The game has its origins dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The game being played today is already a refined version of the ancient backgammon game by the English who popularized it back in the seventeenth century. Since then, innovations have been made such as adding a doubling cube back in the 1920s. In the 1970s, the game became even more hugely popular. Today, with the advent of the internet, the backgammon game has even reached a far bigger audience because you can now play online at any time you please.

Programs for the backgammon game abound online. Most of which are available as freeware or shareware which can be downloaded to your computer. Some backgammon gaming programs that can be downloaded online for a fee come with features not available in free versions. For example, some programs can even point out to you errors in your play while some can analyze the positioning of your checkers for an even more exciting game play.

To sharpen your gaming skills, it is best to play the backgammon game online. The interaction that you get from playing with aficionados in some other part of the globe makes the game even more exciting. There are already a lot of online sites where enthusiasts convene together to play. In these sites, you can either join in the game if you feel you are skilled enough to challenge your opponents, or you can also just sit back and watch to learn the rules of the game. In these sites, a lot have a rating system which gives you a chance to track you performance as you play or see how well you're performing compared to your opponents.

Different clubs for enthusiasts of the backgammon game flourished with the rising popularity of the online version of the game. Some of these backgammon gaming sites offer play for money and it could be fun although one must always exercise care especially when money is involved. It works like an offline casino where the House gets a portion of the winner's earnings.