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!
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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:
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