Originally published at BluffEurope.com – reproduced with thanks. We’ve previously featured Andy’s other articles from Bluff Magazine, Does playing backgammon make you a better poker player? and The Poker Link 2: Making bluffs in Backgammon.
Forget the WSOP – the serious action took place in Monte Carlo in the summer as the World Backgammon Championship came to town.
Poker has had an enormous surge in popularity in recent years, and whilst backgammon has had its moments, it has sadly not been on a similar scale. This may be because people think they’ve cracked the game. Meanwhile, the emergence of artificial intelligence programs means there is more distinct analysis of whether a move in backgammon is right or wrong. However, this is a flawed concept, as the number of positions available to play, the roll of the dice, and the state of the cube raises a massive range of probabilities.