It is now possible to play backgammon online at a growing number of perfectly secure gambling portals and you can enjoy playing either instantly in your web browser or from within a download client. This software is generally free to download and it can be installed onto most Windows operating desktop and laptop computers.
You will also find that many of today’s backgammon websites that offer this game are generally powered by proprietary software. This means that you can find an extremely diverse range of boards with unique designs and you can play either in the real money mode or in the free play demo mode. You also have the option of being able to play against the computer or against other players and you can get involved in singles matches or in multi-player tournaments.
When you visit any decent backgammon website today you normally have to sign up before you can start playing for real. However, some backgammon websites also allow you to play as a guest in the free play demo mode. You can often start by choosing your preferred colour and you may also have to enter your username/nickname which will be on display when you start playing. You should then be able to choose how many games you would prefer to play to and you can usually choose between 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, or 15 games.
A difficulty setting may also be available when playing backgammon online and you can generally choose between Easy, Medium, Hard and/or Expert. Beginners should definitely start at the easy level until they have got to grips with the rules, but seasoned pros could jump straight in at the Hard or Expert level. Some backgammon sites will have several other in-play features & settings available. For example you might able to watch the moves again by selecting the ‘replay’ button. Adjustable in-play sound settings should also be available.
Some backgammon software will allow you to speed up or slow down the gameplay simply by switching on or off the animated sequences. For example some of you might prefer watching the actual dice rolling across the board, whereas others might prefer to get an instant result instead and this can be achieved simply by turning off these animations. The good news for beginners is that you can also generally view in-play hints that will show you your next best possible moves, but you should also be able to turn these hints off as well.
Backgammon is a great game whether you are playing online or offline and the only real difference between the two is that playing online can often be a much lonelier experience compared to playing against others in a park or in your local cafe. However, you can still interact with other online backgammon players at most backgammon sites thanks to the Instant Messaging chat features, plus you can also now enjoy playing on-the-go from your smartphone or tablet device, which means that players are no longer restricted to just being able to play at home.