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Nickell, Passell elected to Hall of Fame

Nick Nickell and Mike Passell, two of North America's top players, have been elected to the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place during the 2008 Summer NABC in Las Vegas.

Nickell is president and CEO of Kelso & Co., a New York City firm specializing in private equity investing. He is a three-time winner of the Bermuda Bowl and has 17 North American championships to his credit, including nine wins in the Spingold Knockout Teams. He is an ACBL Grand Life Master and a World Grand Master in World Bridge Federation rankings.

Nickell is also a former winner of the Cavendish Invitational Pairs and received the Sidney Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award for 2005.

Passell, who lives in Las Vegas, is a full-time player and Bermuda Bowl champion (1979) with 21 North American championships to his credit.

With Paul Soloway's death last year, Passell became ACBL's top living masterpoint holder, just short of 60,000. He is expected to become the all-time leader in two to three years.

Passell won the McKenney trophy in 1976 and has been the leading masterpoint winner at NABCs on three occasions. He is an ACBL Grand Life Master and a WBF World Grand Master.