by Walter Trice
15 November 2008
Last month's article launched a survey of the slot-or-split problem on the third roll for a player who has opened the game by making his bar point with a 6-1. We identified two reasons why the opening player should be more willing to slot his five point as a follow-up to that particular opening. First, with the bar point made adding the five point would give him four points in a row, which increases the value of the five point. Secondly, removing the spare checker from the eight point makes it harder to use the checkers stacked up on the six to make points "naturally", which increases the motivation to use them to make points by slotting.
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