Falafel, is one of the most esteemed and influential backgammon players of all time. With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, Falafel's exceptional skills, unparalleled intuition, and charismatic personality have left an indelible mark on the backgammon world. If one speaks of the greatest backgammon players ever, Falafel is inevitably in the conversation.
American Backgammon Hall of Fame
The American Backgammon Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have achieved extraordinary playing results and/or have made extraordinary contributions to the game of backgammon in the United States.
Mochy has been regarded as the world's best player for the last 14 years, demonstrating unrivaled skill and dominance over the board. His exceptional achievements and contributions to the game have solidified his position as one of the greatest backgammon players of all time.
John O'Hagan is a man of impeccable character and uncommon intelligence. His easy, laid-back demeanor makes him among the most approachable of the Elite players. A stalwart of the BMABs, he is ranked Grandmaster 2, and has been elected to the Giants of Backgammon every single time since 2005. He is currently, in 2022, ranked #9 Giant in the world. In 2005 he missed being the World Champion by a hair, coming in 2nd in a 25-point match at DMP. His online game is fantastic too. With Galaxy's 20,000 members, he is ranked #7. In the world.
Art has been on the backgammon scene for over 30 years and has had tremendous success at the highest levels, finishing first, second, and third in the ABT, between 1993 and 1997. He is ranked 12th on the all-time ABT list, even though work prevents him from attending more than a few events a year. But more than just a player, he is a scholar, a teacher, a volunteer, an innovator, and a mediator as well.
Karen has been a central figure in the rise of the U.S. Backgammon Federation — many say the central figure. She has served on the USBGF Board since its inception in 2009. She was Board Chair from 2010 to 2017, and she was the Federation’s President and Executive Director from 2017 to 2020. She has been a driving force for PrimeTime Backgammon Magazine since its publication began in 2010.
Ed O'Laughlin is a Hall-of-Famer in every way. He has been playing backgammon for 38 years, with his game stronger than ever at age 81. He is an avid student of the game and has never lost his curiosity and enthusiasm.