by Steve Sax
20 December 2010
Hailing from Valparaiso, Indiana, John O'Hagan has been playing for more than thirty years as he picked up the game between classes at Indiana University. He soon found that he was having reasonably good success and wanted to take his game to the next level, so he slowly began to build a library of backgammon books from backgammon's iconic writers, "Magriel, Robertie and Woolsey".
He began to play tournaments in the mid "eighties" but didn't begin to achieve great success until the "bots" came upon the scene. First he used Jellyfish, then Snowie and most recently eXtreme gammon. He credits playing numerous matches against these invaluable tools as one of the main reasons he has accomplished as much as he has in backgammon to date and since retiring as a cable television sales representative, he has more time to pursue his passion.
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