Many live backgammon tournaments are held in some of the most exotic and luxurious places in the world… and why not? Backgammon is the oldest and most cherished game in the world and has been called “The King of Games” and “The Game of Kings” throughout history… and so it deserves class and prestige!
So if you are a backgammon tournament organizer and want to attract as many players as possible, you would probably think, “I want my players to play under settings beyond compare, in some beautiful hotel or resort and in a location where they can enjoy other activities enjoy the sights.”
Let’s look at some of the nicest places in the world where backgammon tournaments have been in held in this pictorial.
Monte Carlo World Backgammon Championship
Monte Carlo, Monaco is where the World Backgammon Championships have been held each summer for more than 30 years.
The competition for the most prestigious title in the backgammon world is held at the famous Monte Carlo Grand Hotel with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. The most expensive sports cars, yachts, beautiful people… and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a famous celebrity or even royalty.
Here is a view of the high-rise condo and apartment complexes east of the Grand Hotel with the mountain in the background. There is actually a gold course atop those peaks.
backgammon players dressed up
The World Backgammon Championship is a week-long event, and around mid-week the players get to eat a 5-course meal at the Sporting Club by the sea, a beautiful place to when they slide off the roof of the club and let the moonlight drift in. Above we can see elegant backgammon players in more than just their Sunday best, reeling away on the dance floor of the Sport Club.
And of course there is always the show with singers, musicians and an – the dancers above were from Brazil.
Velden Backgammon Open
Now let’s move on to the quaint little town of Velden on the Lake Wörthersee in southern Austria where the Worldwide Backgammon Federation’s European Backgammon Championships and Velden Backgammon Open are held each spring at the classy Casino Velden.
Casino Velden is the building in the centre and if you could look inside those glass windows under the triangular parts of the roof, you would see…
… about 130 people enjoying the oldest game in the world in a top-class, lavish setting.
It is also a great place to buy a quality Italian-made backgammon board, expensive precision dice or a nice big fat doubling cube!
The players here share good time and fellowship as many have attended this annual event for more than 20 years. The Awards Ceremony on the Sunday night is quite a lively event filled with cheer and camaraderie and to boot, accompanied by an elegant supper offered by the Casino Velden.
This is an old painting of what Velden looked many years ago, and if you like art, those railway tracks you see in the foreground are still there and if you hop on a train you can be in Vienna in just four hours. It is a very scenic trip and once you get to Vienna you can spend a week looking at all the art museums and famous land sites, and still not have seen it all.
Caribbean Backgammon Open
The Worldwide Backgammon Federation (WBF) has held four or five annual events for more than 22 years now. In the early 2000s, three events were held on the beautiful Caribbean island of San Maarten at the Casino Royal which is part of the Sonesta Maho Beach Hotel.
The backgammon tournament is held in Casino Royal, just cross the street from the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and you’re there. The airport is also very convenient, just a minute or two away. There are many nice beaches here and dozens of fine restaurant, some boasting to be the best in the world in certain specialty dishes.
This is the beautiful room where the tournament is held – it cost more than $5,000,000 to build and has excellent acoustics. Players that come to the Carribean Open also get a dance show and there is also a fun-filled Awards Ceremony with supper complimentary of Casino Royal.
And if you like swimming and basking in the sun, there are score of beautiful white-sand beaches all around this island which is half-Dutch and half-French.
The Bahamas Million Tournament
Next we go to the famed Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas is where the first-ever million dollar backgammon tournament that was held in January of 2007.
The Towers of the Atlantis – an incredible structure with acres of beachfront land, waterslides, aquarium and incredible restaurants.
The tournament room where 120 players that had paid a $10,000 entry fee each, compete for a first price of more than $600,000 with the remainder of the money going to the other top finishers.
There’s a ton of activities around the resort, waterslides, moto-skis but most of all it is a great place just to relax in the sun, or simply enjoy some great food in one of the fine restaurant lime this one surrounded by giant aquarium inhabited by many exotic species of fish.