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Backgammon Terms starting with 'O'

Opening Roll - The first roll of the game determined by the two players tossing one die each and the player with the higher number uses both numbers to make the first move.

Outfield - Outer Board but in particular points 9, 10 and 11.

Own the Cube - The player that accepted the last double is said to " own the cube". Only he may offer the next double.

One Point Game - A scenario late in the game where a player has one or more of his checkers confined to his opponent's ace point and is waiting for a chance at a hit as the opponent comes home or while his opponent begin to bear off his stones.

On the Bar - A checker that has been hit and is waiting to re-enter the game.

Outer Board (Outer Table, Outfield) - From points 7 to 12 points for either player, and also the area where the dice should be cast by each player.

Open Point - Any point that is not occupied by two or more opposing checkers.

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