• American Backgammon Hall of Fame

Howard Markowitz

Inducted in 2016
From Chicago and Las Vegas, Nevada

For over thirty years, Howard Markowitz has put his own unique stamp on backgammon tournaments, with his high payouts attracting the largest number of entrants and drawing top players from around the world. He directed the PartyGammon Million in the Bahamas in 2007, and between 2009 and 2012 co-directed the Monte Carlo World Championships.


  • Organized/directed the Chicago Open from 1981 through 2009, and the Las Vegas Open and Nevada State Championship since 1992.
  • Won the Michigan Summer Championships in 1984 and 1993, the Midwest Backgammon Championship in 1990, and, in 2012, won both the Los Angeles Open Championship and Super-32.
  • Is in the top 50 all-time in American Backgammon Tour points. He was 3rd in the ABT ranking in the inaugural year of 1993. He finished 17th in the ABT in 2003 and 8th in 2012.