We all have heard about the US gambling restrictions. I have to say that to me, this all story looks strange. There are casinos in the US in almost every state (I want to say in all states but I am not totally sure), and I think that people are gambling in there, though maybe I am wrong. Players who are interested in playing backgammon at casinos may be interested in trying and playing at online casinos.
Lately, there are new voices calling to return things to the way they were:
"U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank is introducing legislation to repeal the controversial Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)."
"WTO Calls US Online Gambling Ban 'Illegal' "
Hopefully, something will work...
The game of backgammon (as Poker, Tennis or boxing) is played normally for a stake. In fact, I don't know if the term "backgammon gambling" is suitable at all. I don't think that anyone will say that Andre Agassi is a "Tennis gambling" addict though it is undeniable that luck can affect the results of a certain game (good wind, bad sight or almost anything) and Andre makes some money because of that.
A few researches indicated that the luck factor is not the most important thing in playing backgammon. The fact is that in the long run, the statistics has shown that the better player will win more games. Nevertheless, almost all the big Backgammon servers closed the doors to the American Backgammon community (or closed it partly).
Of course there is always an option to play backgammon for free. Most of the servers give this option but there are a few problems with that:
There are many other problems but I think that the biggest one is that the American authorities, which seem very liberal in some cases (as offline "backgammon gambling" which is still legal or even Tennis) are behaving in this particular subject more like, well, not so liberal...
The online backgammon community will not survive for long in a world without backgammon gambling. There may be a few organized groups with local sites, maybe small servers but the world of online backgammon as big and interesting as we know it today will disappear.
Almost every sport in the world became more popular and successful with the entrance of money: football, golf, car racing and others. Let's hope that the efforts of the gambling community around the world and in the US will change the situation back to the way it should be. There's always the opportunity to play backgammon online as well. In the US players can play for example at BG Room a popular backgammon sites that accepts players from the US. Players looking to gamble online should also consider playing other games of chance such as blackjack and baccarat both of which involve an element of skill similar tobackgammon. If you're interested in playing at an online casino to enjoy the mentioned games and a lot more (most online casinos offer well over 100 games) we Gammoned.com suggest that you visit one of the many uk focused gambling brands found at BestUKCasinos.co.uk to gamble at online casinos where you'll find online casino reviews and much more.