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In backgammon, why do I lose if I decline an offer of doubles?

Declining an offer of doubles is an automatic loss; that’s one of the key points of how the doubling cube works. A player only makes an offer to double the stakes of the game when they feel they are ...
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In backgammon, why do I lose if I decline an offer of doubles?

In addition to the other answer and great comments, there is another benefit to the doubling rules. If the game continued after declining a double, then EVERY game would have to be played until the ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

While old, we can pretty conclusively say that Backgammon itself was never played by the Romans. Backgammon is a relatively recent iteration belonging to the Tables family of games, the oldest within ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

While it's less likely that modern-looking backgammon sets existed in that time frame, the game of backgammon has its origins much earlier -- it's believed to be as much as 5000 years old, likely the ...
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Was Backgammon played in ancient Rome?

A game with the same board and pieces, Tabula, was played in Rome in the fifth century. It derived from the "Game of Twelve Lines", played around year 0. From Wikipedia: Tάβλι (Tavli), i.e. ...

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