If you are a complete beginner, 247 backgammon might be an option to help you understand the rules but you will clearly be limited if you want to progress further.
Presentation of 247 backgammon
24/7 backgammon is full of qualities and the first is that this software is totally free to play.
On the 247 games website you will find plenty of games to play like blackjack, bridge, checkers, chess, hearts, roulette and more. There is no need to register or to open an account on the website. It is what we call a connect and play software. All the games available on the 247 website are very well designed and easy to use. That’s why we think that backgammon 247 might be of good help for people that just discover our fantastic game.
When you launch the game several options are available, like the way you are going to bear off your checkers, the number of points you want to play (from 1 to 15), the level of difficulty (from easy to expert) and if you want to use the doubling cube or not.
Those options are more than welcome for the beginners because they can play the kind of game they want.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to play against other real players from around the world. Your opponent can only be the computer with his different level of difficulty.
That also means that there is no ranking system to compare your level with anybody.
Our opinion on 247 backgammon
Like we already said, 247 backgammon is a good option for the new players who want to understand the rules without any pressure. You can take your time against the computer and set up the difficulty and the length of the game. Another great feature is that 247 backgammon is available on mobile devices. A good fit to get to know better the rules of backgammon.
Where can we find a true non-rigged enjoyable backgammon game online?
I am waiting for a 247 MANAGEMENT member to reply and say their game is NOT rigged. DO YOU THINK i HAVE TO WAIT FOR A VERY VERY VERY VERY LONG TIME 🙂 ?
So boredom set in, and I, too have noticed that on Expert the game just seemed to get incredible dice. I’m not so convinced it gets “perfect rolls” or gives the human player bad ones, I just started to notice it would simply roll “more” (higher) dice.
So, I started tracking it. Kept track of each game in a 30-game series at the break-contact point and what the loser’s residual PIP was. Some interesting numbers emerged!
I won 20 of 30 games. On average, when the computer won it did so by throwing 11.8 points to my 7.3 points advantage. What’s more interesting, over the 30 games, the computer summed a total advantage of 109 points on wins and 105 points on losses to me 72 and 16 respectively.
The computer also managed 5 flips (came from behind at break contact to win) to my 2. In those cases, the computer averaged 15.6 points to my 12.
I am thoroughly convinced the implementation of 24/7 Backgammon on the expert level just simply (and slightly) increases the roll of the computer. That alone over time would accumulate to a considerable advantage, one easily illustrated by my numbers.
It’s my opinion I won more often by having a better “playing” algorithm/skill. I would do my damndest to not allow break contact until I had a significant lead, because I knew I was unlikely to maintain it.
They have tried to make the game competitive by allowing it to cheat (I believe) . You can see this in the difference between hard and expert where on hard it gets the perfect roll too many times and gives you the worst roll too many times. On hard it just doesn’t always take the right move.
They have no idea how to use a game double, sometimes offering it when they are trapped and always accepting it. The beginner should ignore how they use the double.
They also have huge flaws in the logic. I know it is very difficult to right these programs but simple logic like 1) how to use a 6 1 on the opening roll 2) when to hit players and 3) which players to protect are not up to standard.
I don’t understand why these games resort to cheating. The cheating not only takes the fun out but also fails in the teaching as learning how to evaluate odds is a key to the game. If hitting an opponent is normally a 1 in 18 risk I take it, but if because the game cheats it is 1 in 2, I can’t.
If they quit cheating and just had a leaderboard for % of wins, we could compete with others via the leaderboard . rather than just beating the game.
I enjoy playing the game on expert and hard. I do believe that the software is rigged. I can have the computer locked out from any possible moves. Any time that I get ahead the doubles come out in bucket loads from the computer. Where I should have a win, the computer never fails with three of four doubles in a row. It would be nice to share some of doubles.
247 Backgammon is rigged. – plain and simple.
I agree with Sue when she states the Expert Level needs to be at a much higher level. I think doubling strategy improvements, while very nice to have, probably could be very complicated.
Once a user selects the Pass and Play option, there is no way to return to normal play. The ability to reset options would be appreciated.
Still, I think this is an excellent program.
You’re right that the game is great for beginners, but even the Expert Level is far too simple for experienced players. It’s a shame because the graphics are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen on any backgammon site anywhere on the web.
The game is just about rigged for the player to win against the robot 99% of the time. The robot has no idea when to offer the cube or when to refuse it when it’s offered. If there are only two pieces left that the player has to remove from the board to win and the player offers the cube, the robot always accepts it. It’s ridiculous. Usually, the robot has already offered the cube at some point in the game when it was already obvious that the player had the advantage.