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Online 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 entirely in-house.
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 backgammon opponent.
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.

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