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Using Backgammon Dice Rolls Statistics

There are only 36 possible combinations in every roll of backgammon dice but information on the probabilities of certain results can help improve our backgammon game.

The 36 combinations of backgammon dice rolls are as follows: 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, 5-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, 6-6.

According to statistics, for every backgammon dice roll there is a 47% chance of getting a total of six, a 42% chance of getting a total of four or five, a 39% chance of getting a total of three, and a 33% chance of getting a total of two. There is a 31% chance of getting double ones.

How is this relevant to our game? The statistics on backgammon dice rolls help us determine where our blots are most or least vulnerable to hits.

Apparently, it is better to leave a blot closer to our opponent's checkers since there is a lower probability for our opponent to get lower totals in backgammon dice rolls. Try not to leave a blot six points away from an opponent's checker as this makes it most vulnerable to a hit. There is the least chance of a hit when our blot is but a single point away from an opponent.

In terms of strategically placing our checkers, the statistics show that leaving three or more varying distances between our checkers and the sixth point gives us more chances of being able to bring a checker or two into our home board for each backgammon dice roll. Conversely, stacking several checkers on one point lessens our chances of getting a move into our home board. It is, therefore, highly recommended that we spread out our checkers on points seven to 12.

This also means keeping points 13 to 24 clear as much as possible. This furthers our advantage when we have checkers on the bar. The backgammon dice roll statistics tell us that we have higher chances of getting totals of two to six than seven to twenty-four. In fact, from a 47% chance of getting a total of six, our chance of getting a total of seven or eight drastically drops to 17% and goes even lower for higher targets. This means we have much greater chances of bringing our checkers in from the bar if points 13 to 24 are open when we throw the dice.

Keeping these backgammon dice rolls combinations and probabilities in mind can help us win our next backgammon game.

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