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There's a real buzz on the backgammon circuits as the game goes from strength to strength. Much of that 'buzzing' is down to the fact that big money is being won at the 'Big Money' tournaments and like the proverbial rolling stone is gathering players at a rapid momentum increasing by the day. Consequently, there is an uptake in online sites that are supplementing the hunger for these big money prizes. Among the online sites who have not just jumped, but vaulted into tournament play is www.play65.com whose own $50,000 contest has just taken place in October.

This will be followed by a few other smaller prize money tournaments, before January sees the start of the BIG One, the one that the backgammon world has craved for; the 1 million dollar prize sponsored by Partygaming PLC. This proliferation of online tournaments has only amplified the noise that backgammon is making in the online community and not just in the money stakes. Fun players are signing up in their dozens to play backgammon.

Why? Because the internet has created a cyber corridor that leads to many portals where the game is promoted.

There is even a suggestion going around that online backgammon could be played by real backgammon clubs and groups. Although only in its blue print stages, the idea would be that players from various real backgammon clubs play against others in online tournaments, instead of the customary face to face battles. The clubs will have their own space on the web site and will receive special links to set the games in motion. This could lead to more and more online tournaments with even bigger cash prizes, with perhaps winners of the online league competing against other league winners internationally or domestically, emphasising once again the complete diversity and flexibility of backgammon.

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