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Backgammon is a game for two players where each player has fifteen pieces called checkers (or sometimes stones) on the board.

Backgammon board has twenty-four triangles of alternating dark and light color. These triangles are called points or pips.

Players move their checkers between the pips according to the roll of two dice.


Shown: online backgammon board as used at GameColony.com

The objective of the game is to be first to clear the board off your checkers. Moving of checkers off the board is called bearing off. The player who first bears off (moves all of his/her 15 checkers off the board) wins the game.

It is believed that the English word Backgammon was derived from the word "back" plus the Middle English word "gamen" (game). Backgammon has a very ancient history: archeologists excavating the "Burnt City" in Iran found the earlist known backgammon's 2 dice and 60 pieces dating back to around 3000 BC.

Despite a popular misconception among beginners, in backgammon luck plays a very insignificant role. Backgammon is first and foremost a game of skill. For multi-point backgammon matches with doubling cube, the more skillfull player will win most of the time.

When you play for money, isn't it gambling?

In the statutes of most states in the USA, gambling is defined as: "risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance". In 1981-1982, a US Court Judge Stephen S. Walker in the state of Oregon has concluded that "backgammon is not a game of chance but a game of skill." See details here how a US court decided in favor of a backgammon promoter, ruling that backgammon is a non-gambling game of skill.

Even though Lady Luck can occasionally show her silly face in backgammon, eventually the more skilled player is bound to win more backgammon matches, more games and more money!


GameColony.com Backgammon and how to Earn Money with their Affiliate Program

GameColony has a unique and very profitable affiliate program (also called revenue sharing program) that works great for backgammon and all of their supported 20 games (Gin, Dominoes, Cribbage, etc.). Those who recommend money players to GameColony.com backgammon and other games will earn recurring commissions -- 20% recurring referral fees.

If you recommend a player who signs up and starts playing in GameColony's fee-based Tournaments and mini-tourneys, 20% of per-game profit (that directly resulted from your referred player's participation) would go into your account. If the recommended player is a good active money player who keeps plays for a year or so, the recommender's GameColony account can grow pretty fat!

You can cash money from your GameColony's account with no cash-out fee to PayPal or NETeller. By the way, PayPal is the biggest of the above two internet payment system. PayPal now has over 70 million users worldwide. Both of these banking systems accept credit cards and a variety of other payment options.

Here's how to become a recommender at GameColony.com and start earning some dough from your friends, or whoever else you happen to recommend:

There are a couple of ways to become a recommender at GameColony.com and get properly credited for those you recommended. At this time, GameColony.com for some reason requires that recommenders first sign up as players -- free players is fine with them. Here's the easiest way:
  • Let's suppose that you signed up and registered at GameColony.com (confirmed your email via Manage Account!) as player with the nick like: joeshmoe25.

    Then, you can use the link http://www.gamecolony.com/?pal=joeshmoe25

    This referral link will become your magic wand that will assure that you get credit for recommending those who first got to GameColony.com via your link.

    You can put the above referral link (with some other promotional verbage) either in email to friends or leave this link with some marketing lingo in blogs or forums or some other high-traffic places anywhere on the web, or put it on your web site if you have one.

    Eventually, the recommended players will get comfortable enough to play at GameColony for money. From your Manage Account area at GameColony.com, you'd see a wealth of information on everybody you recommended and who and when they played and for how much and who won and what GameColony.com commission was and what your 20% share of it was. The recommender fees should start rolling in!
Other details about GameColony's affiliate program are described here.

Here's an example of a co-branded affiliate site: PlayJava.com

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