Backgammon Vocabulary

Are you a fan of backgammon? If yes, then you might recognize this jargons. If you don't recognize any, then it might be time for you to study your lessons better.

Bankroll - this is the money set aside by the players of backgammon for their gambling session. Their session is limited according to the size of their bankroll. That is why backgammon players should know how to budget their bankroll well, or else they will end up with nothing. In fact, experts say that good bankroll management is what really makes a good gambler.

Beaver - term for reraising the stakes in backgammon. In backgammon, players have the option of doubling the stakes, thus, the existence of the doubling cube. They can even redouble the stakes, making the stakes a lot higher than it originally was. This option makes it hard for the player to decide to move on to the game. Actually, a lot of backgammon players are afraid to agree to a beaver, that's why they just quit. Hence, beaver is a good technique in backgammon, especially if you just want to scare your opponent. However, if you want to get more money from your opponent, do not raise the stakes too high or he will just quit.

Dice Cup - something that can hold the dice. This is used by backgammon players for shaking and throwing their dice. This ensures that the dice are shaken fairly and well.

Die - singular form of the word dice. A die is used in the opening roll in a backgammon game.

Kamikaze Play - play made by backgammon players in which they sacrifice some of their markers for the others. This is a good set-up. It sacrifices a short-term success for a bigger one.

Knockout Tournament - a backgammon tournament in which players try to beat others to eliminate them and the last one standing will emerge as the champion. It is a single elimination round, so players really need to be careful.

Monte Carlo - yearly, backgammon players fight for a championship held in Monte Carlo. Monte Carlo, by the way, is a place popular for casinos or gambling as a whole.

Opening Roll - named as such because it is a die roll done at the opening of the backgammon game. In this roll, each backgammon player throws a single die alone.

Tabula - more popular with Europeans, this backgammon variation is played with three dice instead of two. Some backgammon fans say this is more exciting than the regular backgammon.