Acey Deucey USA
about a popular gambling variation on standard Backgammon, played in the
Acey Deucey is a popular gambling game that has long been played within
the US military forces, including the US Navy and marines. It is similar
to Dutch Backgammon. The key feature is
that a dice roll of a 1 and a 2 has special significance and is known as
"acey deucey", hence the name. The rules here are for the US
version, there is another
European Acey Deucey version of the game played differently.
US Acey Deucey Backgammon is played in the same
way as standard Backgammon but with the
- At the beginning of a game, the player making the first move chooses
which side of the board they will bring their checkers into play and
their opponent plays on the other side. This rule doesn't actually
effect gameplay in anyway and is purely cosmetic.
- All checkers begin the game off the board and players must bring
them into play by rolling the two dice and moving them onto their points
- It is not necessary for all a player's checkers to be moved onto the
board in order to move their markers already brought into play.
- A player who throws an "acey deucey (a 1 and a 2) moves their
checker(s) 1 and 2 points in the normal way, but they also choose a
double value from 1 to 6 and additionally move their checkers as if a double of that
value had been thrown, in the usual way. The player then throws the dice
again, getting an extra turn. However, should the player be unable to
move their checkers the initial 1 and 2 points, then they forfeit the
extra double moves. And if the player is unable to make the extra double
moves with their checkers, then they forfeit their extra subsequent
- The winnings the winning player receives are set at a multiple of
the initially agreed wager multiplied by the number of the losing
player's checkers still remaining on the board.
- Some players agree to doubling the winnings the winning player
receives every time an "acey deucey" is rolled.