Slot-gammon and "The Simborg Rule"
Posted By: Matt Ryder In Response To: Interview with Nack Ballard (Phil Simborg)
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2010, at 6:19 a.m.
In Response To: Interview with Nack Ballard (Phil Simborg)
Nack proposes a variant of BG he calls “slot-gammon”:
"The only rule change from backgammon is that you must give your opponent a direct shot with his back checkers on the opening roll."
Phil proposes a variant of BG utilising "The Simborg Rule":
"...which simply states that you cannot make a point on the opening roll, and you cannot run with 6-5. Just the first roll. Find another way to play 3-1 and 4-2 and 5-3 and 6-4 and 6-5."
Nack's variant seems a little more punitive to the opener (presumably necessitating whoppers like 31$ and the Bruce Beckerian 65D where Phil would be content with 31U and 65S). But it seems to me that both variants would swing the equity balance massively in favour of the unrestricted player who rolls second, especially if the 2nd throw is a doublet. Wouldn't it be appropriate therefore to add a further modification that the responder should:
a) roll again if a double is thrown;
b) also be prohibited from making a point?
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