Backgammon is considered an “elitist” game in the Philippines. Unlike chess or checkers wherein boards are easily bought in bookstores, backgammon kits are hard to find items and can be found only in high end specialty stores in exclusive shopping malls. As such, backgammon is usually played by those who have disposable income and luxury of time to indulge in the game.
Though this gambling game is not played in Filipino casinos today, gambling players still find venues to play backgammon. A common way to be able to play backgammon in the Philippines is to gather up your friends and relatives. However, there are not enough players to drum up a wide variety of multi-level tournaments and so games usually revolve around a limited pool of players.
Therefore Filipino backgammon afficionados have no choice but to play online. There are so many online rooms to choose from, the biggest of which is Backgammon Empire and Backgammon Masters.com. In online sites like these, Filipinos enjoy backgammon with other players from different parts of the globe.
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Five thousand years ago, backgammon matches were considered a social event. Way, way before the advent of computers and the www.coms, people got together to play for hours. Not only was it highly entertaining, friendships and alliances were forged through camaraderie between players. It was rumored that castles were won or lost between Dukes and Counts over the backgammon board with matches lasting sometimes for days.
Playing online on a laptop against an invisible player is excellent for honing skills and experimenting with strategy. But undoubtedly it is real-live, face-to-face, toe-to-toe, across the table play that makes backgammon the exciting game that it was designed to be. Not you against the Casino Bank with unlimited cash, but you against one other opponent– both with limited resources– “mano a mano,” that creates champions.
It is the human element that completes the backgammon environ making real-live matches like watching a movie in 4 D with all the senses coming into play. One can pick up non-verbal body language clues as to whether or not your opponent is more likely to run from a doubling cube than when playing in a static one-dimension online environment. Even by the manner of dress and behavior can a savvy gamer gauge how conservative or aggressive an opponent is and adjust playing style accordingly. Keen observers can notice temper flares which may show the opponent more likely to accept doubles that should not be accepted or worse, begin making vital mistakes in movement of his checkers.
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