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Posted By: phil simborg
Date: Friday, 21 February 2014, at 11:37 p.m.

In Response To: Wonderful (Art Grater)

I think it's just fine for MY KIDS to play for money, and any kids that the parents want to teach to play for money, depending on the amount of money and the age and maturity of the kids etc. I think we leave that up to the parents.

The question is whether the ABT should hold events that offer money prizes to kids or not, and if doing so would hurt the ABT and cause a backlash that would hurt backgammon.

The question is whether the USBGF or any volunteers that go into the schools to teach kids to play backgammon should encourage or advocate gambling.

In my opinion, the answer to both of those must be "no" or it will stop people from allowing their kids to play backgammon.

Right now, I am sure many parents don't want their kids to learn poker. How the hell do you play poker without gambling!? Or without leading directly to it.

Backgammon doesn't have to be that way...it can be enjoyed, as most of us do when we play on line and play socially and at our local club, for the intellectual challenge and stimulation. Yes, live, most of us are playing for a money prize from an entry fee, but except for major tournaments, that money is, at least to me, quite incidental. It's the game itself, and the competition that keeps me coming back. If it was about the money, I'd be playing gin or poker or going to the casino on Tuesday nights instead of the Bar Point Club. (Or I could find a heads-up money game or chou.)

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