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March 11, 2013

Backgammon enthusiasts to visit Indy

INDIANAPOLIS —  

Sean Garber has been playing backgammon on a regular basis since 1993. He’s now the director of the Hoosier Backgammon Club which will be competing in the Ohio Valley Challenge Cup this weekend in Indianapolis.

“Our club plays every Wednesday night,” Garber said.

The Hoosier Backgammon Club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Buffalo Wild Wings in the Willow Lake East Shopping Center at 86th Street and Township Line Road.

Players with little experience to those who are veterans of the game are welcome to join the group for an evening of play. There is a $10 entry fee each week and there is a small amount of prize money involved. The second Tuesday of each month the club plays for free.

“We usually have between eight and 10 people show up every week,” Garber said. “It varies from week to week.”

He said he helped form the group back in 1993 when he read an article in Games Magazine.

“There was a number to call to help organize a local club,” he said. “That’s when the Hoosier Backgammon Club started.”

Each year, backgammon clubs from around the Midwest travel to a city for the Ohio Valley Challenge Cup. The location rotates between Indianapolis and several other cities.

This year’s event has been organized by the Hoosier Backgammon Club, which is currently the two-time defending champion.

“It’s the biggest backgammon event in Indianapolis,” Garber said. “There are other larger events in other parts of the country, but this is one of the highlights for our club each year. Especially since we’re the defending champions.”

Each club competing will register its top six players.

“Teams are made up of six players which are determined by points standings for the year,” he said. “All clubs keep their standings.”

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