Backgammon Pros of the World!

One of the oldest and most popular board games worldwide is the casino game called backgammon. Played by two players, the movements of the pieces are based on the roll of the dice. For everyone interested in playing backgammon, read on as we inspire you with some of the backgammon players known all over the world.

Brian Zembic plays both backgammon and blackjack professionally. A high stakes gambler born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Zembic is famous for his willingness to bet on just about anything. In fact, he was once paid $100,000 for getting and keeping breast implants for a year. Apart from being a professional gambler, Zembic has also been trying his luck in being a magician.

Backgammon player Luigi Villa hails from Milan, Italy. His achievements include winning the first World Championship of backgammon in Monte Carlo, Monaco. When he competed for another World Championship in 2006, he placed second, being defeated by backgammon player Philip Vischajger.

Vischajger is a Dutch backgammon player who was born in 1959. He has been playing backgammon since 1975, but it was only in 2001 when he started to train using computer software. Vischajger, who lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, won at the Amsterdam Open and at the Dutch Open between 2001 and 2005. He is also a real estate investor.

The late British Terence Reese was a backgammon player, but more than anything else, he was a bridge player and a bridge writer as well. One of the non-fiction books he wrote was "The Story of an Accusation." Reese also had a passion for football.

Hotelier and restaurateur Charalambos "Bambos" Xanthos was first a backgammon player before deciding to move on to being a semi-professional poker player. It was his father who taught him how to play poker. His noted earnings from poker exceed $860,000.

Danish Gustav Hansen is famous for being a professional poker player. However, not a lot of people know that he was once a world class backgammon player before deciding to move on to playing professional poker in 1997. Aside from being a professional gambler, his achievements also include being a tennis champion during his teenage years.

Another Danish backgammon player is Mads Andersen, who was born in 1971. He was the World Backgammon Champion in 2002 before he eventually shifted to playing professional poker.

There are also several backgammon players from the United States. One is Jason Lester, who won in several backgammon tournaments prior to his decision to concentrate on playing professional poker. He has also participated in the World Series of Poker (WSOP), earning him 1 WSOP bracelet.

We are pretty sure that you are familiar with some of the abovementioned backgammon players. Probably, you did not even know that some of them also excel in other casino games or are engaged in other professions.