Modern Living: The Money Game

Its origins are almost as old as civilization itself. It was once the pastime of Roman emperors, the "game of kings and the king of games." An upper-crusty Englishman observed that "it has ever been a game for the higher classes and has never been vulgarized or defiled by uneducated people." The elegant diversion is backgammon—and although it has long been enjoyed by an elite few in the private clubs and fashionable resorts of Europe, in the U.S. it lay face down in obscurity on the backside of a checkerboard. Until recently, that is....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!