As the final card fell, Svetlana Gromenkova was wrapped in the collective embrace of her railbirds as she took down her first major title and her first WSOP bracelet. Usually a stoic figure at the table, Gromenkova was all smiles as she celebrated with her friends.
Anh Le is unfortunately the bridesmaid once again, making her second career runner-up finish in the WSOP Ladies Event tonight, having finished second to Jennifer Tilly in 2005. She was clearly emotional in her post-game interview, but her face lit up when her daughter Isabella was mentioned. Le gave her five-year-old a smile and a wave through the camera and departed the stage gracefully.
Gromenkova is a woman of few words. Before play started ESPN 360’s Howard David had asked her what she wanted the world to know about her. Gromenkova’s reply? “Nothing.”
David poised the question to her again in her winner’s interview and Gromenkova said with a smile, “I just want people to know I’m a good player and I guess they know it now!”
Congratulations to Svetlana Gromenkova on her first WSOP bracelet!
Anh Le has the button. She makes it 100,000 to go, Gromenkova moves all in and Le calls. Gromenkova has Le covered.
The flop is and Le needs an ace or an eight to survive. The turn is the making Gromenkova a set, but Le can still catch an eight for a straight. The river, though, is the and Svetlana Gromenkova is the 2008 Ladies World Champion, winning her first WSOP bracelet and $244,702.
Anh Le is our runner up and earns $144,567 for her finish.
Svetlana Gromenkova has the button. She raises to 75,000 and Le calls. The flop is and both players check. The turn is the and they check it again. The river is the . Le bets 90,000, Gromenkova mucks and Le wins the pot.