MP Backgammon Prop Part 3

by Jake Jacobs
10 July 2015


Jake Jacobs

For those who missed Part 1 in May, or Part 2 last month, after the last tournament in Las Vegas Phil Simborg and Mochy Mochizuki agreed to play a 30-game proposition where Phil would start each game with the doubling cube on his side, gammons and backgammons activated.

The theory was that possession of the cube was worth 3.0 ER, and as that was the estimated difference between the two players, the proposition should be break even.

We resume with Game 21, Mochy playing an opening 53, and the score tied at 26-26.



Mochy erred his previous roll by playing 9/2; had he correctly played 13/6 he would have played 9/5, 6/5 this turn, avoiding a "Whopper with cheese." Here the best play is 13/9, 2/1, but perhaps Mochy had a thing about blots on his 9pt. Instead he ran 18/13.

Phil missed the double shot, but hit a subsequent deuce shot with double deuces. Mochy hit back (Phil had previously covered his 4pt but slotted his 3pt with 52), but while Phil fanned, Mochy remained primed.



Phil missed a redouble here. He rolled 22: 9/3, 8/6. Mochy entered with 42: Bar/23, 12/8, and Phil redoubled.


 
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