Bets and Terminology for Beginners

Betting is a very widespread and regular phenomenon especially in United States. In the world of sports betting has not left any game untouched. Be it cricket, horse racing, football, basketball… betting has laid its hands over all of them.

Though almost half of the country’s population is consciously infected by the betting syndrome, yet there are no thoughts by the government to legalize it in any form or the other. The only place where it has been made legal is the state of Nevada. The state has made collegiate gambling, which is one of the most execrable forms of betting. Betting on sports in colleges not just deteriorates the healthy atmosphere an spirit with which the game is played but also ruins the trustworthy sportsmanship of the players. The college players themselves wager and try to play the game in accordance to win their wager. They are not motivated by the team or game spirit but by the money they might receive on winning the bet. NCAA has revealed that most often it is the college athletes more inclined to betting and point shaving as compared to professional sportsmen. Point shaving refers to the poor and awful performance that players make on the field in order to have a particular point spread.

There are various types of bets and betting terminologies. Some of the most frequent types of bets are- Point Spread, Money Lines, Parlays and Pari- mutual etc. These bets vary from game to game, in their terms and conditions and the style of betting. It is better to learn the different techniques and rules for these bets before you wager.

Nowadays betting can also be done online. The government has put up limitations here too in the form of the ‘Wire Act’. This act limited online gambling within the walls of a state. In other words, the Wire Act made it illicit to cross a state line for the purpose of gambling. However this act even like several others stands in effective in detaining gamblers from gambling in the manner they desire to do.

The gamblers can do anything to prevent their gambling industry from fading in the hands of government. They do anything and everything to find favors from the government. Most often this is done by time and again stuffing the pockets of the party members with huge amount of money.

But a gambler fails to realize that the government is not at loss. It is he himself who loses and suffers the most. Betting is nothing else but gambling with one’s money. It is devastating addiction. A pathological gambler cannot resist from gambling whatsoever his economic condition may be. He can stoop to any extent to obtain money for betting. He can lie, steal and even murder anyone for it. The idea of once winning a large bet is always playing on his mind. The entire family and friends of a pathological gambler face repercussions of the adverse situations so created by him.

The lust for money is never ending, it is better to be satisfied with the little that you have than to pine for more and lose even that!

Backgammon Tips For Beginners

People who are interested in learning how to play Backgammon have a lot of work in store for them. While Backgammon is one of the oldest games in world history, and is widely accepted as the world’s oldest board game, that does not mean that the Backgammon rules and Backgammon strategy are simple concepts. In fact, beginners should be prepared for a long introduction to the process of playing Backgammon, as learning all of the intricacies of the game is a procedure that requires much dedication and practice.

Whether playing the live Backgammon board game or playing online Backgammon through Backgammon software, all beginners can learn how to improve their Backgammon game through these simple Backgammon tips. Knowing and understanding how to apply these basic skills and strategies will not only improve your every day game, but will also help you build the ability to incorporate more advanced tips in the future.

Priming

Priming is one of the most effective Backgammon strategies. A prime is basically a consecutive group of occupied points. The idea behind priming is to build up a wall of points that prevents your opponent from progressing around the Backgammon board. If you build up a prime in front of your opponent’s checkers, they will have to roll high dice numbers in order to leap over the prime. A full prime of six occupied points in a row will completely block your opponent from moving forward.

Anchoring

Anchoring is an important defensive tactic. It involves establishing at least one point in your opponent’s home board. Maintaining a stronghold here offers a player many unique advantages. Should a player ever have a checker on the bar, having an anchor provides a safe haven for a hit checker to re-enter the board. Owning one of these points is also an excellent way to block your opponent from making all of the points in his home board. The strategy is strengthened and reinforced by holding two adjacent points as anchors.

Hitting

One of the most beloved strategies of new Backgammon players is hitting. Hitting occurs when your checker lands on an opponent’s blot (one single checker located on a point). A blot is vulnerable to attack because it is a single checker; a point with two checkers is considered to be occupied. When hitting occurs, the opponent’s checker is then sent to the bar, or banished outside of the game, and the opponent must then pause his checkers’ progression in order to re-enter the hit checker back into the game onto an open point. Until the checker has been successfully re-entered, the opponent cannot move his other checkers.

One of the most common amateur Backgammon mistakes is to focus on hitting instead of playing. Hitting should be used wisely; if an opponent already has multiple checkers on the bar, hitting another blot is a less valuable move than making steady progress with your own checkers.

Practice these beginner tips to gain great playing experience when you play free Backgammon online.