First-Timers Strike Again as PokerListings.com's Live Series Coverage Rolls On

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Day 12 of PokerListings.com's live 2008 World Series of Poker* coverage was the first to feature three final tables and, as has been the case with every event so far this year, it was first-time bracelet winners who walked off with all the gold. The newly crowned: Svetlana Gromenkova, Winner of Event 15 and the new Ladies World Champion; Andrew Brown, who surprised five-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest to take Event 16; and Jason Young, who captured Event 17, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

So this tournament, it's like I just worked ten years in two days. That's not bad, man. Not bad at all.

Day 12 of PokerListings.com's live 2008 World Series of Poker* coverage was the first to feature three final tables and, as has been the case with every event so far this year, it was first-time bracelet winners who walked off with all the gold.

The newly crowned: Svetlana Gromenkova, winner of Event 15 and the new Ladies World Champion; Andrew Brown, who surprised five-time bracelet winner Ted Forrest to take Event 16, $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better; and Jason Young, who captured Event 17, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Gromenkova - an accomplished pro with a resume that includes a final-table appearance at the 2007 U.S. Poker Championship among several high, open-field finishes - was certainly not a tremendous surprise, dominating much of the ladies field on her way to her first bracelet.

Young doesn't necessarily qualify as a complete surprise either, having some measured poker success under his belt already and, for the most part, methodically taking down each of his tables in the Shootout.

Brown however has to be considered one of the most shocking winners in '08 - particularly as the final two tables of Event 16 were stacked with pros and his heads-up opponent was ultimately Ted Forrest, widely considered one of the best players in the world and himself a five-time WSOP* bracelet winner.

But Brown, a self-described "poker crackhead," somehow managed to overcome a substantial chip deficit against Forrest to make one of the best comebacks of the Series so far.

Gushed Brown, in his exclusive PokerListings.com post-win interview:

"Honestly I think Ted, Phil Ivey and Barry Greenstein are the three best players out there. The final table was full of pros like Scott Clements, Ralph Perry; it was a really tough table and I was just happy to get heads-up with Ted Forrest, and kind of test my skills against him.

"It was a see-saw battle, he was incredible, a very, very good player. This will probably hit me a bit later, but for now I'm enjoying the moment."

Also a bit overwhelmed by his performance (plus the $329,872 that came with it) was Young, who, having recently quit his job of six years to take a stab at playing poker professionally, perhaps epitomizes the World Series dream more than most.

Explained Young in his exclusive PokerListings.com post-win interview:

"I worked for my town's Parks and Recreation Department. I set up camps and after-school programs. The only problem was that I made $35,000 a year and it probably cost $90,000 to live where I was living.

"So this tournament, it's like I just worked ten years in two days. That's not bad, man. Not bad at all."

Live 2008 WSOP* coverage continues daily at PokerListings.com with updates, blogs, player interviews and photos from all ongoing events, which on Day 13 included the final table of Event 18, $5,000 No-Limit Triple-Draw w/Rebuys.

The awe-inspiring final seven: Mike Matusow, David Benyamine, Erick Lindgren, Tom Schneider, Jeffrey Lisandro, Tony G. and Barry Greenstein - a more daunting group you're unlikely to find anywhere in tournament poker and which puts the first-time winner streak entirely in the hands of Benyamine and Tony G., the only two without a WSOP* bracelet in their careers.

Also set to play on Day 13 are Event 19, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha; Event 20, $2,000 Limit Hold'em; Event 21, $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em; and Event 22, $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

Live coverage is, as always, capped off by the PokerListings.com daily video recap with host Amy Macbride, which brings viewers up to speed on all the days key hands, big winners and talking points.

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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