Jake Jacobs has been playing backgammon professionally, and writing about it professionally (a few grammatical errors notwithstanding) for three decades. While living in Las Vegas and working as a professional blackjack player he worked as Editor of the Las Vegas Backgammon Magazine, and at Publisher Mike Maxakuli’s urging created The Backgammon Scholar. During this era he enjoyed his first major wins, coming second to future World Champion Joe Russell at the Cavendish Open, and winning the first Nevada State Championship in January, 1984.
During the nineteen-nineties, when not travelling to Asia for various gambling ventures, Jake began writing in earnest. His columns appeared regularly in the Chicago Point and the Flint Area BackgammoNews, as well as the Hoosier Newsletter, Anchors, and the German Backgammon Magazin. With Walter Trice he wrote Can A Fish Taste Twice As Good? an examination of doubling theory in unequal matches. The following year he issued A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Four-Point! The latter part of the decade also saw his most successful run as a tournament player, with wins in the US Open, the Thai Open, the Chicago Open, the Midwest Backgammon Championships, the Pittsburgh Open, Player of the Year in the American Backgammon Tour, and many more. He is a perennial member of the biannual Giant 32 list.
In 2004 Jake went to work for an IT firm in Tokyo, Japan. Later, on behalf of his employer he started a company in Singapore, where he now lives. Reuniting with his longtime girlfriend Khampha Duiaisan, he married her in 2008. They have a six-year old daughter, Sasithon, and a one-year old puppy, Somtam. This leaves little time for backgammon, but he still keeps his hand in, writing a long-running monthly column for the online site Gammon Village. His most recent tournament win was in the fall of 2009 when he won the Super Jackpot and placed second in the Japan Open. He is teaching his daughter how to play, and she is already winning, especially after hiding four of papa’s checkers.