Dice Rolling Rules in a Backgammon Game

There are several important Backgammon rules that govern how the dice must be handled in a Backgammon game. The dice play a very important role in the game, and violating the structured rules about how to handle them can even void plays that have already been made.

Rule #1: How to Roll the Dice
In a Backgammon game, the dice must be rolled properly for a play to commence. Any roll that does not follow the specific rules must be re-rolled until the dice fall correctly. The dice must be rolled together, not one at a time, in the right-hand side of the board. In Backgammon, the dice must fall flatly so that the numbers are clear. If the dice land on checkers, the wrong side of the board, or outside of the board, they must be re-rolled.

Rule #2: Dice Signal Completed Turns
In a Backgammon game, picking up the dice signals to your opponent that you have completed your turn. If your opponent accepts your moves, he signals his acceptance by beginning his turn (proposing a double or rolling the dice).

Rule #3: Don’t Roll Before Your Turn
Let your opponent finish his turn before you roll during a Backgammon game. If you violate this rule, your roll won’t count; you’ll have to re-roll.


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