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Online Backgammon Play Sites

Here you find a list of places where you can play real backgammon online, with other players from all over the world. This list shows the most popular places to play, but is not completed. If you can not find your favourite backgammon room here, let me know and I might add a review for this room.

Depending on your motivation (make money, pass time, socialize or just practice) the commission (also called rake) is an important factor. You should know that the rake affects your cube handling and your overall performance quite a bit. The commission varies from server to server. Some backgammon rooms charge a higher rake, if you play people that are rated much different than you (either higher or lower). You will find the details about that in the detailed descriptions of the sites.

Most sites offer playing for real money, while playing for money can be fun, be careful. You should play only for amounts you can afford, especially against people you don't know and never have played before. As you can imagine, whenever money is involved, there are people who want to take your money away. I suggest analyzing every game you play using software like eXtremegammon, Snowie or GNU. This gives you valuable information about your level and your opponents as well. You should absolutely be suspicious if a low rated player plays an almost perfect game.

Most sites have some kind of loyalty program, for every raked game you play you receive points (some sites call it stars or frequent player points), depending on the site, that can be exchanged for tournament buy-ins or cash.

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For a serious online backgammon player, in my opinion it is vital to have a look at the various backgammon rooms. Most sites use a FIBS / ELO like ratings system, as a new player you start normally  with 1500 (some sites 1600) rating points.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes Backgammon is operated and owned by veteran British gambling empire, which insures you are in good hands. No software installation is required (flash player must be installed). The rake is very low compared to other rooms. Sadly their Backgammon tables haven't become very busy, despite Ladbrokes' reputation for other games (sports betting and poker). Normally only a couple of dozen players are online and all of them can be found in the "Cash Games" section, even though they have a "Free Play" section. As the conditions are really good for the players, I hope that the traffic will rise.

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Partygammon

PartyGammon is a part of Party gambling group which operates one of the largest online poker sites: Party Poker, which has established quite the reputation for itself as one of the most popular Poker sites globally, at least until they were outlawed from capturing the US market. PartyGammon was making history with the first backgammon tournament ever, that had a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million, that tournament was held at the Bahamas in 2007!

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Gameaccount

Casino Rip backgammon, that is powered by gameaccount, is a web site that doesn't focus exclusively on backgammon games, but on skill and chance games in general. So besides backgammon, there are games like multi-player-blackjack, poker dice domino and many more.

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Bgroom

Launched in 2006, BGRoom is a relatively new backgammon room, which is already quite successful. BGRoom offers backgammon games, either for real money or for play money.

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Paf

Paf.com is closing the backgammon section on 11th november.

Quote form the newsletter:

"We regret having to make this decision at such short notice, but unfortunately our supplier is discontinuing their service.

We are currently evaluating other suppliers with a view to bringing backgammon back. However, any future integration with a new game provider will take time. Until that process is complete backgammon will be unavailable on Paf.com."

Paf is a nice and professional online backgammon room. Paf.com offers real money play and play money games. Even the overall design of the lobby and the board is somewhat childish; the colours of the board and checkers are okay. Paf.com seems like a hip and professional backgammon room. Besides backgammon, you will find Arcade and Casino games.

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