“P” Backgammon Terms

Terms that Start with “P” Letter

There are - 55 - terms.


A succession of events, each of which depends on the preceding event. The probability of the entire parlay is equal to the product of the probabilities of the individual events.

Partial Prime

A prime of fewer than six consecutive points (2)Compare: Full Prime.

Partner for the Box

Chouettes with a large number of players often permit the box to take a partner. The partnership is offered in rotation, starting with the captain and moving on down the line. If no one offers to be the box's partner, a partner may be chosen by lot from among the team members other than the captain.

Pay Later

To play safe in the current position but risk greater danger later in the game.  Compare: Pay NowSee: Pay-Now-or-Pay-Later Decision.

Pay Now

To take an immediate risk (such as leaving a shot) to avoid the prospect of a more serious risk later in the game.  Compare: Pay LaterSee: Pay-Now-or-Pay-Later Decision.

Pay-Now-Or-Pay-Later Decision

[From a 1980's television commercial for FRAM oil filters which showed a ruined car engine and a mechanic who quipped: "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later."]  The problem of whether to take a modest but definite risk on the current turn or wait and perhaps take a more serious risk in the future.


The best possible roll; a joker.

Pick and Pass

To hit an opposing blot and continue the same checker to safety on the same play.


The victim of a hustler.