Tuesday, May 27, 2008

BackgammonMasters Survey Reveals Players Prefer Cash To Second Life ‘Linden’

Popular online Backgammon operator, Backgammon Masters, ran a poll recently to determine the popularity of playing for 'Linden', a virtual currency found at "Second Life", rather than real cash. BackgammonMasters polled 500 of its non-US members, and the results came down in a landslide.

It turns out that only 20 of the 500 players who participated in the survey had even heard of the ‘Linden’ currency used by Second Life. Of those 20 who were familiar with the online casino virtual currency, only 2 of them showed interest in actually using the ‘Linden’ to place wagers at BackgammonMasters.

The purpose of the survey was to resolve a possible currency option, where BackgammonMasters would allow its players to place wagers in virtual cash, which could then be converted to a multitude of real cash currencies that include US Dollars, Euro, British Pounds, Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars, Czech Koruna, Danish Kroner, Hong Kong Dollar, Hungarian Forint, Japanese Yen, New Zealand Dollar, Norwegian Krone, Polish Zloty, Singapore Dollar, Swedish Krona, Swiss Franc, and the South African Rand – all currencies currently accepted at BackgammonMasters.

According to the survey, international players at the online casino greatly preferred using real currency over the virtual variety, most asserting that it is more exhilarating to play for real money than with ‘Lindens’.

Many players were once left no option but to wait for deposits and cashouts to be converted to the appropriate currency – a costly measure at best - but the sophisticated programming of BackgammonMasters’ online cashier is presently able to convert all accepted currencies, automatically and commission-free. Exchange rates and associated bank fees are a thing of the past. BackgammonMasters instantly converts multi-currency deposits to USD for use in its Backgammon, Blackjack, Poker and Perudo gaming venues.

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