• American Backgammon Hall of Fame

Neil Kazaross

Inducted in 2015
From Chicago, Illinois

Noted for his brilliant analytical mind, Neil Kazaross is famous for inventing “Neil’s Numbers,” a short-hand method of calculating match equities over the board, and coauthor of the Rockwell/Kazaross MET (Match Equity Table). He is one of only seven players to have been voted onto every Giants of Backgammon listing since its inception.


  • Voted to the 32 Giants of Backgammon eleven consecutive times, including ten consecutive top ten ratings since 1995. Since 2005, he has been in the top five each poll.
  • The #1 all-time leader on the American Backgammon Tour in numerous categories – career points, #1 six times, top three eight times, 17 career tournament victories, and much more.
  • Inaugural USBGF National Championships winner (2011).