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Ringing Out 2007

January 2, 2008

Thanks to everybody who attended our Christmas event, and to Julie & her family who hosted and fed us and made us feel so welcome. And to the sponsors identified here who contributed prizes for our round-robin tournament.

SnowieBG MVP FlintBG

Just a reminder that the club resumes again on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 in our usual comfy corner of the Central Library’s 3rd-floor Arts Dept. Newcomers are always welcome.


2007 Christmas Invitation

December 10, 2007

xmas graphicIf your name is on the FCBG mailing list, you should have received your invitation to a special Xmas event by now. If not, let me know within the week so that I can resend it to you.

Welcome to Costa Rica

March 12, 2007

OMG! And here I thought that Canada was the most backwards country in the world when it comes to it’s gambling laws!

Although this appeared in the 2001/12/12 edition of A.M. Costa Rica, I only became aware of it today by chance while Googling something else.

Municipal lawyer contends board game illegal in public

Playing backgammon on the streets of San José is illegal unless the players have a permit, according to a lawyer for the municipality.

The lawyer is Rosa Lía Cuberro Pérez. She was responding to an incident Saturday in which two municipal policemen told two French tourist to stop playing while they were seated on public benches in front of the Teatro Nacional in downtown San José.

The lawyer is a member of the legal department of the municipality. She responded in person early Tuesday. Later, when contacted by telephone and politely asked if chess and other board games also were illegal, she hung up the telephone.

Another lawyer consulted by A.M. Costa Rica contradicted the lawyer for San José and said he had no information that would suggest that playing board games in public is illegal.

The issue came up because the two municipal policeman on patrol Saturday about 2 p.m. in front of the Teatro Nacional cracked down on the tourists, a man and a women, who had dined at the nearby Gran Hotel Costa Rica restaurant and were quietly playing the board game.

The two tourists were mystified at the time. Then the policemen threatened to take the video camera of a tourist from Florida who was seated nearby. They may have thought he had filmed their encounter with the French couple, although he later said he had filmed nothing.

The policemen claimed that the tourist had shown a lack of respect for filming them without their consent. The municipal policemen wear gray uniforms and are not to be confused with the Fuerza Publica, whose members wear blue. Million – this is backgammon!

January 27, 2007

Well, it’s all over. And what could be more exciting than the highest-ever backgammon tournament payout? How about a DMP anti-joker by Germany’s Andreas Märtens just when he’s about to break contact and start bearing off?

Poker has nothing on this game!

Did Denmark’s Lasse Hjorth Madsen roll an ace to take home the $600,400 top prize (and $20,000 watch)?

read all of the exciting details here

previous post Million – Now On !

January 25, 2007

January 21 through January 25, 2007 at the famous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, a max. 128 players are competing in the first backgammon tournament ever to feature a guaranteed $1 million in prize money. The winner will receive a massive $600,400 minimum + specially made $20,000 watch, and the remaining prize pool will be distributed to the runner up, the two semi-finalists, and the four quarter-finalists. The top four players in the Consolation Tournament will also receive significant cash prizes.

2007/01/24: Million Now Down to the Last 8 Players

Main Flight – Round #6 Pairings & Winners

Main Flight – Round #5 Pairings & Winners

Main Flight – Round #4 Pairings & Winners


Main Flight – Round #3 Pairings & Winners

Main Flight – Round #2 Pairings & Winners

Consolation Flight – Round B

Consolation Flight – Round A

Excitement and Tension Mounting as Rounds 3 & 4 are Played Today


Main Flight – Round #1 Pairings & Winners Million is on! Photos from Welcome Cocktail, Calcutta Auction and Doubles

2007/01/21: Million Stars Emerging on the Atlantis Resort


PGM Will See The Strongest-Ever Field in Tournament History of BG 1/09/07


The Man Behind the World’s Biggest Backgammon Event


PartyGammon to Sponsor First-Ever $1-Million Backgammon Tournament in Association with Player International Ltd of the UK