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Gromov Rallies to Win Spingold KO

The Andrew Gromov team, playing four-handed for seven grueling days, came from behind in the final quarter to defeat the Roy Welland squad and win the 2008 Spingold Knockout Teams with a 135-125 victory.

The win was all the sweeter because the same team lost in the Spingold final in Nashville last year, falling to the powerful Nick Nickell squad.

The 2008 champions are Gromov and Aleksander Dubinin of Russia and Polish stars Cezary Balicki and Adam Zmudzinski.

The runners-up are Roy Welland, Brian Glubok, Garner, Howard Weinstein, Billy Cohen and Ron Smith.

It was the first Spingold win for Gromov and Dubinin but the third for their teammates, who were members of winning squads in 1997 and 2003. They were runners-up in 1998.

See Issue 11 of the Las Vegas Daily Bulletin for more details.