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.
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
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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
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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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