For today's online gaming community, the need to find
replacement games that are skill based and which
rival the attraction of
poker especially for the US patrons of the game is paramount.
Many gaming companies are turning to the accepted
games of horse racing and bingo as their alternative offerings.
Some are looking to backgammon to bridge the gap in their revenues,
and whilst backgammon does indeed fulfill the criteria of an
online skill game, it has one disadvantage, in that it can only
be played initially by two people, which makes it slightly restricting.
But necessarily so, for backgammon's versatility
is one of the game's great strengths. It is a game that by its
very nature offers new ideas on how to play and from this many
variations on a theme of the game have evolved. One of them is
Chouette, which is a variation of backgammon that allows multiple
players to take part in the game at the same time.
Set up Chouette
The set up of Chouette is a little more complicated
than traditional backgammon, but it does allow three, and up
to six players to participate. This multiplayer platform could
be just the thing to replace the online poker rooms. With a series
of backgammon Chouette rooms being created for on online gaming
sites, in the same manner that online poker rooms proliferate
In combination with Chouette multi player
rooms, online tournaments can also be arranged to run alongside
Chouette matches, so that the scope for a world-wide audience
can also be addressed.
basics of the game are that one player plays against the
rest, he or she is called the "box" and it's
their objective to beat the other players who are known
as the "team"...
One person in the TEAM is the captain who
is the leader of the team and it is they that make all checker
moves for the team. Discussion of the checker moves is not allowed
until at least one cube is turned.
However this rule is not always enforced and
with online games the ability to communicate through the chat
window makes this option even more a viable possibility.
At this point opening or Ante bets could be
Each player on the team has a cube which they
launch; they then make their own cube decisions supporting the
captain in his battle against the BOX. The BOX therefore has
up to 5 cubes in a six player game to compete against.
If the BOX wins against the captain either
by winning more points than he or she lost with all the points
on the cubes, then the BOX retains his position for the next
game. And takes the pot. The captain then goes to the end of
the team and the next player in line becomes the new captain.
This leads to a new round of betting again
at this point, possibly. The captain could then pay a sum to
the Box as well as the other players, a sort of pay the dealer
scenario. This could also allow for side bets against the Box:
Should the roles be reversed where as the captain beats the Box
then their roles are replaced, if the captain had won against
the Box, then the Box will go to the end of the team and the
current captain becomes the Box for the next game.,
The next player in line on the team will be
the new captain for the next game. It is really a process that
on the one hand seems complicated but in fact it is just moving
down the line in its most simplified form.
Had both the captain lost the game and the
Box lost more points than they had won, then both of them will
go to the back of the team and the next two players in line become
Box and captain for the next game. They would then forfeit their
bets to the Jackpot or the progressive element of the game this
builds up as the matches are played. The Jackpot can be won only
after six successive doubles are rolled.
One other rule to remember is that if every
team member doubles the Box from the center, then the Box MUST
accept not only the captain's cube but at least half of the total
cubes. The captain's cube does count in this final total.
Should the Box double everyone from the center,
then if everyone should drop except for one person, the game
server will force drop his or her cube. This is necessary to
ensure that someone isn't simply delaying the game needlessly.
In a 3 player game, this rule has no effect.
There can be many variations that could be
applied in the real money game for Chouette one of which is the
Auto-Double; this means the Box is given the option of deciding
whether matching rolls should result in an increase in the cubes'
The odds must be evaluated and a decision
taken for all the cubes as one. If two matching rolls are rolled
after each other then the Box can sometimes choose to carry one
auto-double onto the next game they are still in the box at that
On the surface Chouette looks complicated,
but it isn't and once players get used to the idea of a team
based game of betting then it could be the way forward for multiplayer
online gaming. It has al the elements that it needs to be successful;
it just requires someone to make it happen.