Screenshot

Three Optional Backgammon Rules in Money Play

There are three optional backgammon rules in money play. These include automatic doubles, the Jacoby rule, and beavers. These three are widely used in backgammon money play. However, any of these options is still subject to the agreement of all participants involved in order to be implemented in a game. So, what do these optional backgammon rules entail?

Automatic doubles state that when players throw equal numbers on their initial roll, the game stakes are automatically doubled. In this case, the doubling cube is immediately faced to two and placed on the bar. It's common for participants to agree to just one automatic double per game in money play. But there are circumstances when players agree on unlimited automatic doubles in one game.

The Jacoby rule state that unless a double was offered and accepted, gammon (double game) and backgammon (triple game) wins don't count. Let's say you're gunning for a gammon win but since the cube wasn't turned at any point from when the game started, you're less likely to offer it at this point. The reason is that your opponent also knows that they're going to lose a gammon so they will gladly decline a cube offer so as to lose only a point in the match play.

The Jacoby rule proves to be an interesting option in money play. In effect, doubling cube offers are mostly expected immediately after the game starts thus speeding up the game's pace.

In relation to offering the doubling cube, one of the optional backgammon rules that similarly apply is beavers. This states that a player who is offered a double may instantly redouble without giving up the ownership of the doubling cube. The keyword here is "instantly" after the cube is offered and accepted, otherwise, beavers are no longer applicable and normal cube backgammon rules will apply.

Three optional backgammon rules in money play speed up the game's pace and increase stakes as well. These include automatic doubles which pertain to initial dice throws when the first player to act is determined. When both players roll the same number, the stakes are automatically doubled and the cube turned to two. The other two optional backgammon rules are the Jacoby rule and beavers. The former states that unless the doubling cube was turned, gammon and backgammon wins don't apply. And the latter states that the cube may instantly be redoubled upon acceptance while still retaining its ownership.

Close