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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Mar 2023 6:27 p.m. PST

Acey Deucey is a variant of backgammon that has been played in the Sea Services since the early 1900s. It is a competitive game that combines luck and strategy, and after many hundreds of games, patterns emerge that have lessons for real-world strategy…

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William Warner16 Mar 2023 10:08 p.m. PST

Fascinating! I never heard of the game. I was in the Navy from 1968 through 1971. It wasn't played on our ship, unless it was played in the wardroom, which might be possible, since our XO was a WWII vet. Does anyone know if playing the game is still a military custom?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2023 6:00 a.m. PST

I am more familiar with the poker version – Acey Deucy One Eyed Jacks, Queen with the Bedpost, Man with the Ax

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Mar 2023 6:05 a.m. PST

We played backgammon, acey-deucey, and several other variants (in the wardroom) in the 1990's, though spades, euchre, and poker were more popular. Cribbage and various domino games were more popular ship wide. And, of course, nobody was illegally betting on the outcomes …

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