Former Coffee Shop Owner Seizes Day 25 of PokerListings.com's Live 2008 Series Coverage

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He'd courted poker glory before, finding himself the chip leader on Day 4 of the 2006 WSOP* Main Event - the very same event that catapulted Jamie Gold to poker immortality - before a huge hand pushed fate in the other direction. But Day 25 of PokerListings.com's live 2008 World Series of Poker* coverage saw coffee-shop-owner-turned-poker-pro David Woo finally get over the poker hump with his first-ever gold bracelet and a $613,656 payday in Event 39, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

The amount of money here is so significant that it's got to be the money over the bracelet in the end. But the bracelet is a huge validation… It's kind of crazy to say, but it's not a validation for me, because I always thought I was capable and a lot of my friends did too. (But) to finally win it - it's definitely a good feeling

He'd courted poker glory before, finding himself the chip leader on Day 4 of the 2006 WSOP* Main Event - the very same event that catapulted Jamie Gold to poker immortality - before a huge hand pushed fate in the other direction.

But Day 25 of PokerListings.com's com's live 2008 World Series of Poker* coverage saw coffee-shop-owner-turned-poker-pro David Woo finally get over the poker hump with his first-ever gold bracelet and a $613,656 payday in Event 39, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.

Going on about six or seven years playing poker, and with a final table appearance at last year's World Series, Woo isn't exactly a rags-to-riches poker story.

But it's still a fairly big leap from fringe poker pro to World Series bracelet winner, no matter how confident you are in your abilities, as Woo explained in his post-win interview:

"I had a family-owned coffee shop. For coffee I would have to be there early in the morning and I'd be playing poker all night. So the coffee shop kind of got in the way of my poker.

"I was starting to make some money and then I was selling coffee for $1.15 and working all day so I quit the coffee gig and picked up poker full time/part time.

"The amount of money here is so significant that it's got to be the money over the bracelet in the end. But the bracelet is a huge validation… It's kind of crazy to say, but it's not a validation for me, because I always thought I was capable and a lot of my friends did too. (But) to finally win it - it's definitely a good feeling"

A much more in-depth interview with Woo, along with post-win interviews with all bracelet winners so far this year can be found here.

Live 2008 WSOP* coverage continues daily at PokerListings.com with updates, blogs, player interviews and photos directly from the Rio for all ongoing events.

The buzz on Wednesday will certainly surround Day 1 of the much anticipated $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship - a close second to the Main Event as far as marquee events go and considered by many to be the real "player's championship."

All of poker's biggest names will be squaring off for the prestigious title over the next five days, including of course Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Patrik Antonius, Erik Seidel, Gus Hansen and David Benyamine.

Wrapping up action on Wednesday with the awarding of another gold bracelet is Event 42, the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship.

Live coverage is, as always, capped off by the daily video recap with host Amy Macbride. Also now up in the PokerListings.com video gallery is an exclusive look inside the home of 2006 World Series Player of the Year Jeff Madsen.

Visit the PokerListings.com World Series coverage section to access all features.

About PokerListings.com:
PokerListings.com (http://www.pokerlistings.com) was launched in 2003 and quickly became the largest online poker guide in the world. It provides poker players with in-depth reviews of all major online poker rooms, the world's best sign-up bonuses and promotions, breaking poker news and detailed content on strategy, tours, tournaments and the game's best players. PokerListings.com also has the best live poker tournament reporting on the Web, with unrivaled year-round coverage from the World Series, the World Poker Tour, the European Poker Tour and more.

(*World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrah's License Company, LLC ('Harrahs'). Harrah's does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with PokerListings.com or its products, services, promotions or tournaments.)

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