Only in Russia.
Some people take backgammon way too seriously. Read this news story about a guy in Russia who staked his life on a game of backgammon. Unfortunately, he lost both the game and his life.
The person who won the game and did the murder is named Smirnitsky, and when he was arrested he said to the police the following:
“Boss, judge for yourself, how could I do otherwise?” Smirnitsky later reportedly told police. “My word is my word.”
The story reminds me of a scene in “A Hero of Our Time” written by the Russian author Lermontov, in which the main character Pechorin is challenged to a rigged dual by the character Gruzhinsky.
I guess the moral of the story is never play backgammon for stakes you cannot afford to lose.