Get More Points in a Game via the Doubling Cube

When we play backgammon especially during matches we are not just racing to win a single backgammon game. When playing in match play or money play, we race against our opponent to reach a certain number of points that has been agreed upon.

Usually, if you win one backgammon game you get only one point. Generally, the logic would be to win more backgammon games and reach the desired goal to win against our opponent. But there are other ways to get more points out a single backgammon game. If you can raise the amount of points you win from one backgammon game that puts you in a considerable lead over your opponent in match play or money play.

There are other ways to get more points out of a single backgammon game. The easiest way is to use the doubling cube. Let's see how this can help us get more points out of a single backgammon game.

Backgammon is usually played for an agreed stake for every point you get. So the more points you get the better are your chances to shovel in more prizes. Using the doubling cube will surely help us get more points from a single backgammon game.

The doubling cube is the other dice that comes with your backgammon set. It's the one that has the numbers two to 64 on it. You get to roll dice that have one to six on it during a backgammon game to determine how many pips your checkers move forward. The doubling cube serves a different purpose in backgammon.

Initially, the doubling cube will have the number 64 at the start of a backgammon game. As a backgammon game goes along either you or your opponent can offer to double the value of the game. If you see an advantage you can raise the stakes (and the points) by taking the doubling cube before rolling your dice.

You then offer to double the game for more points and turn the doubling cube to display the number two. Your opponent may accept the offer (i.e. take) and the value of the game goes up to two. The cube stays on your opponent's side of the board. Your opponent then reserves the right to redouble the value of the backgammon game.

Your opponent can then redouble the value of the backgammon game for more points and you get to keep the doubling cube if you accept it. You then turn the doubling cube to the next higher number to signify that a redouble has taken place and that you're the player who has the right to use the doubling cube to get more points.

If you or your opponent refuse the offer to double for more points then the game is over. The player who refuses the offer (i.e. pass) loses that backgammon game at the current value it is on.

Using the doubling cube during a backgammon game can earn you more points to win a match. Use this when you see that you have sufficient advantage in a backgammon game.


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