casinos look to backgammon as next big craze
The folks from one of the
top online casinos believe backgammon will be the next big
thing. They should know! These are the same folks who brought us
one of the top online casinos in the world, still dominate half
the online poker market, and brought their online casinos
company public, making it the single biggest IPO to debut on the
London Stock Exchange last year. Many online casinos will follow
the lead of one of the world’s top online casinos in the future,
it is clear, and also offer up backgammon. Perhaps backgammon
will soon become more popular than poker at online casinos?
One of the top online casinos announced the launch of its new
backgammon product, recently. Known as "the game of kings" and
requiring skills of timing and calculation, backgammon is one of
the world's most popular games and one of its oldest, with
variants dating back more than 5,000 years and now online
casinos think it will be huge. The next big thing.
"The launch of backgammon, a truly international game of skill,
is a natural evolutionary step in our strategy to become the
global gaming portal of choice," said Mitch Garber, CEO of one
of the top online casinos. "We are very pleased to add it to our
portfolio of games."
The new backgammon website offers games to play for free or for
cash for a variety of gammon versions, including Hypergammon and
Nackgammon. As with all the products in the top online casinos
portfolio, customers can access the firm’s 24/7 customer support
for any questions about getting started or using the product.
The website features cutting edge technology and was developed
Backgammon is a board game for two players, so how can online
casinos make it work? Each player has fifteen pieces (checkers)
which move between twenty-four triangles (points) according to
the roll of two dice. The objective of the game is to be first
to bear off, that is, to move all fifteen checkers off the
board. The oldest recorded game in history, backgammon traces
its roots to the ancient Mesopotamian game tabula, which appears
in an epigram of Byzantine Emperor Zeno (476–481 A.D.). Further
archaeological excavations have placed the possible date of
origin of backgammon to 3000 B.C.
As with chess, backgammon has been significantly interfaced with
computer technology, and now online casinos. By 1979, Hans
Berliner's BKG 9.8 program had defeated a world champion
backgammon player, and since then neural network and other
approaches have improved the playing quality of the virtual
Unlike poker however, history suggests backgammon will be more
the fad at online casinos. It is ever-popular in the Middle East
and Asia, but not in the rest of the world. The game enjoyed a
bit of a revival in the US during the 1920's and even more
during the 1970's, but this may not be enough for it to succeed
at top online casinos.