In terms of popularity backgammon has long played second fiddle to the global phenomenon that is poker but it is a game that is similar in many ways.
Like poker there is an element of chance involved but strategic thinking is all-important to succeed and the game lends itself perfectly to gambling – as this columnist discovered to his cost when making the mistake of challenging a far cleverer holiday companion to a few games three years ago. Suffice to say, we’ve not been on holiday together since.
Anyway, not before time the new European Series of Backgammon (ESOB) has announced the first of its big money cross-continent online championships along with the launch of its website. Read more.