Keene Marin


Full Name: Keene Marin

Date of Birth: 08 / 04 / 1973

Birth Place: Edinburgh, Scotland

Current City of Residence: Madison, Wisconsin

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Occupation: IT Consultant

How I Started in Backgammon: I used to play bridge at a high level, then my bridge partner had children, and had to dial back the amount of bridge he was playing. I then started to look to backgammon as a game I could play that didn’t depend on him. It started there.

Backgammon Nickname: kilted

Current Skill Level: Expert – trying to be world class

Playing Backgammon live since: 2004

Favorite Tournament Venue: Novi, MI.

Titles won: 2012, Minnesota Open; 2012 Doubles winner, Chicago Open; 2011 CancelGammon, Wisconsin Championships; 2008 Quickie Knockout, Wisconsin Championships, 2007 Gold Doubloon Blitz, Midwest Backgammon Championships; 2006 Midwest Backgammon Championships, Voodoo Blitz; 2005 Wisconsin Backgammon Championships, SimborGammon

Other important finishes: 2012 Minnesota Open, Doubles runner up; 2012 Chicago Open, Limited Jackpot runner up; 2012 Chicago Open, Blitz 3rd place; 2012 CSI, 3/4th place Open; 2012 CSI, Microblitz runner up; 2010 Wisconsin Championships, CancelGammon runner up; 2006 Chicago Open, Advanced runner up; 2004 Wisconsin Championships, Advanced, runner-up, consolation.

Favorite Backgammon Book(s): Not sure

Favorite Music: Rock

Favorite Film(s): Too many! Usual Suspects / American Beauty / Fight Club / Man with no name

Favorite Food: Steak. Ribeye. Medium.

Other Interests & Hobbies: Bridge, Reading, Fishing, Golf

Person I'd like most to meet: Don’t know.

Favorite Celebrity: None.

If I could change anything in the world, I would... Cure Cancer

If I could change anything in the Backgammon world, I would... Legalize online play for money. Double or triple attendance at all ABT events. Make Monte Carlo relevant again.

Additional Comments: I love the game. I am eternally frustrated by the wild swings. I love to chouette, and would happily do that any day of the week. Dice are fair. Clocks are a good idea, but lets not punish those who struggle with them.


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