The Internet Backgammon Database (IBGDB.com) was started by Michael Strato, a Canadian journalist and backgammon player for more than 40 years. Strato is also the Editor of the GammonLife online backgammon magazine and community website at www.gammonlife.com
IBGDB.com was created and is maintained by Strato's wife, Marjorie Serrano Blanco.
Michael Strato has been actively involved in the online-offline backgammon scene since 1995 and has reported live from backgammon tournaments all over the world.
In 2002, Strato was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Trophy at the World Backgammon Championships in Monte Carlo, Monaco for his support of that and other major international backgammon events.
In May of 2007, at the 19th European Championships in Velden, Austria Strato was also presented with a special plaque by the Worldwide Backgammon Federation (WBF) for his "kind cooperation" and support of their tournaments around the world. The WBF, its President Alberto da Pra and Secretary-General Marco Fornasir, have organized some six annual events worldwide since 1986.
Strato receives plaque from Mr. Marco Fornasir, the
and Tournament Director.
Michael Strato is the foremost consultant on the game in the world and he has been the Backgammon Consultant for:
- The Play65.com backgammon server of Israel, the world's largest backgammon play site. This server has thousands of players connected at any hour of the day.
- Player International Ltd. of the UK - Strato was instrumental in helping to organize the first-ever Million Dollar backgammon tournament. The historical event was the brainstorm of Stephen Pearson of the UK and the event was successfully held at the Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas in January of 2007.
- The Partouche Group of France, Europe’s largest land-based casino operator. Partouche and Eric Guedj created the World Series of Backgammon (WSOB), a television series with episodes from major events. Strato was also a consultant for the WSOB.
If you are interested in acquiring consulting services on the game of backgammon from Michael Strato contact him at
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