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Acey Deucey USA

Learn about a popular gambling variation on standard Backgammon, played in the USA.

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 following differences.

  • 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 accordingly.
  • 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 throw.
  • 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.










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