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I like my chances/ and so Pineapple Bluff Gammon stuff
Posted By: Phil Simborg
Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
In Response To: I like my chances/ and so Pineapple Bluff Gammon stuff (Stick)
Here I don't entirely agree with Stick. I don't know many top backgammon players that are not reasonably strong at math, and many of them are great at math.
Relative to Pineapple Bluff Gammon, I don't know many people who, over the board can figure out the odds. I have only played with a couple who could: Joe Russell and Jim Pasko, and Hino (Akiko's husband). And knowing the odds greatly increases your ability to play the game and use the cube (and bluffing) well in this variation.
Knowing the odds of hitting etc. in normal backgammon is not that difficult and there are many shortcuts, but coming up with your doubling window and take point at different scores and calculating your winning chances in a given position and the affect of cube vig can require some pretty heavy duty calculations.

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