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Backgammon Variants: Popular Games

There are many other variations of backgammon. The backgammon board itself is versatile that it has played an important part on expanding the game into different variations.

Games for Children

BLAST OFF is a simple game with NO HITTING involved, which is great for kids who are beginning to learn how to move the chips.

BLOCKING BACKGAMMON employs easier technique which is ideal for Middle Eastern children who have just started to learn the game.

EUREIKA is a game that relies on pure luck. It is the ideal game for Middle Eastern children to get them acquainted with the backgammon board.


AMERICAN ACEY-DEUCY is quite popular and a favorite among the U.S. Marine Corps, Merchant Marine and Navy since World War 1.

EUROPEAN ACEY-DEUCY is distinctive in the aspect of doubles which are usually played equally on the dice.

GREEK ACEY-DEUCY allows a player to force the opponent to hit one of his blots.

MEXICAN BACKGAMMON is a form of Acey-Deucy that allows players to have as much as five chips on one point.

Modern Games

HYPER BACKGAMMON is a variation which is played with both sides having just 3 chips.

LONG GAMMON is similar to the regular backgammon except for the chips are started on the opponent's 1-point.

MISERE is a variation of backgammon with an object of bearing off all the chips last.

NACKGAMMON is a backgammon variation invented by Nack Ballard. The game is similar to regular backgammon except for the players have 2 more back chips to start with.

PROPOSITIONS are backgammon games that have different rules on each side.

ROLL-OVER is the variation of backgammon that allows both players a chance to re-roll the dice per game.

Games of Pure Skill

DOMINO BACKGAMMON is a game invented by Matt Crispin where players use dominos instead of the dice.

GRASSHOPPER is a race game, also invented by Matt Crispin which does not need any dice.

Forms of Competition

DUPLICATE BACKGAMMON was a duplicate bridge-inspired game where numerous pairs of participants compete all at the same time using similar dice rolls in the individual games.

CHOUETTE is a variant of backgammon where many players and a captain play opposite the box. This is a game for more than 2 players and there are two types of rules that govern the game. First is the 1931 Chouette Rules which was put together by the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York. And the other rule is the ABA Chouette Rules which was put together by the Atlanta Backgammon Association.