• American Backgammon Hall of Fame

Joseph Russell

Joseph Russell Photo
Inducted in 2017
From Los Angeles, California

For over thirty years, Joe Russell has been an outstanding player, an international ambassador of the game, and a significant contributor and promoter of backgammon through his work with the U.S. Backgammon Federation. Well recognized for his mathematical and strategic acumen as a player, Joe Russell is also noted for his respectful, personable, low-key demeanor and his thoughtful, intelligent perspective in all endeavors. He has also demonstrated a particular interest in youth and collegiate backgammon activities in the promotion and growth of the game.


  • Voted to the 32 Giants of Backgammon seven times — 1993 through 1999, 2009, 2011, and 2015; and won over 25 regional, national, and international tournament events.
  • Won the 1989 World Championship in Monte Carlo and was a finalist in 2016.
  • Is ranked 29th All-Time in American Backgammon Tour points. He finished 1st in ABT point rankings in 1995.
  • A founding member of the U.S. Backgammon Federation Board of Directors, including service on the Education, Executive, and Hall of Fame committees.