Ted Forrest

Ted Forrest is a professional poker player, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Ted Forrest is, unquestionably, one of the best poker players in the world. He seems to have born with the proper balance intelligence and the need to gamble that makes for great players.

Born in 1964 in Syracuse, New York, Forrest grew up in New York, but moved out west at age 20 for a job at a hotel near the Grand Canyon. After spending a lot of time in Las Vegas and developing a passion for poker so he moved to Vegas to concentrate on his game.

He began making enough money in cash games to pay his way through college. He left college before he finished his degree but doesnít regret his decision, since he knew that he would be unhappy in a normal job.

Ted quickly gained a reputation in Vegas for being a talented cash game player. In the early 1990ís, he started playing in tournaments and did well in those. In 1993, he made a big splash in the poker world when he three WSOP bracelets.

Despite the fact that he focused his attention on cash games, he consistently cashed at the WSOP, including a couple of second place finishes. In 2004, his career reached new high when he won two more bracelets.

He also made his mark on the WPT with 11 WPT cashes and 5 WPT final tables for a total of $2,375,360. His biggest win came in 2007, when he finished 1st at Bay 101 Shooting Stars event, earning $1,100,000.

In March 2006, Forrest won the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating Erik Seidel, Chad Brown, Ernie Dureck, Sam Farha, and Chris Ferguson to win the $500,000 first prize.

WSOP Bracelets

Year Event Prize
1993 $1,500 Seven Card Razz $78,400
1993 $1,500 Omaha 8 or better $120,000
1993 $5,000 Seven Card Stud $114,000
2004 $1,500 Seven Card Stud $111,440
2004 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em $300,300

Forrest's first three bracelets were stolen. He gave one of the remaining bracelets to his daughter and has the other locked away. It's scary to think of how many bracelets he would have if he didn't concentrate on cash games as much.

Along with his 5 bracelets, he has 22 WSOP cashes for a total WSOP earnings of $1,600,968. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,725,000.

Proposition Bets

Forrest has wagered large huge sums on propositions bets. On one bet, someone bet he couldn't do a standing backflip at the WSOP. He won the bet and $10,000. Another time someone bet him he couldn't bench press 225 pounds 50 times in a single day and he ended up tearing a pectoral muscle. Another time he accepted a bet to run a marathon on the hottest day of the year in Las Vegas. It was 115 degrees but he won the bet and $7,000.

Andy Beal

Ted Forrest is well known high-stakes cash game player who plays in the world's biggest games. He has won and lost over a million dollars in single sessions of poker and craps.

He is one of group of poker players who pooled their money together to play Texas billionaire Andy Beal in a series of very high-limit, heads-up, Texas Hold 'em games, with limits ranging anywhere from $20,000/$40,000 to $100,000/$200,000.


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Ted Forrest is a solid player!

bad_dog76 on April 21, 2008


????? on February 16, 2008

I heard somewhere that Ted Forest is the son of a famous movie star but I don't remember who. Does anyone know?

Poppyswife on December 31, 2006

anyone notice the fanny pack the homo wears lol what a gay azz

headlessman1964 on December 31, 2006

Super nice guy, a bit of a loner, complete gambling fool, no respect for money...BUT

Nobody wants to play this guy heads up at or in a cash game. Reads you right down to the spinal cord...notice what his nickname is?

Maybe the best ever - either him or Chip.

Zig on November 2, 2006

Who is this idiot "unregistered" ????

The Super Bowl doesn't play baseball, the Final Four isn't
football, the baseball World Series isn't Basketball.......

And only a moron would want to have smaller fields & less
prize money...Or we could do what TJ suggested...raise the
entry up ....so that he and all the other menbers of the
faternity would have a better chance to win........
Brunson had it easy in the old days, only 20-30 players
really had any solid idea as to how to play the game, and
Slim, Bronson and a few other traveled the circut, and
promoted the game, and "suckered" the oil men and ranches
into big money games...AND THEY ALL TURNED FALSE CARDS

????? on July 31, 2006

gotta love a guy who permanently damaged his shoulder trying to bench press 225 pounds 50 times in 1 day.

Duck Bleed on August 17, 2005

real poker player master of all games omaha,razz,stud,hold em,lowball thats what the wsop should be changed to a mixed game format and then youll have repeat champions every year

Unregistered on August 4, 2005

will dwindle the huge fields every year too because not everyone is good at all the games some players wont even touch the other games with a ten foot pole

Unregistered on August 4, 2005

He is an awesome poker player and also a awesome person.

Fallon on July 30, 2005

l enjoy watching him play. How about a little personal info besides cards?

kathleen.varela on July 29, 2005

A question for baseball fans here...Anyone else think he looks like Todd Helton?

Chris Popovich on July 22, 2005

ted forrest sounds like ultimate rounder read his story in cardplayer.com guy used to drive from arizona to vegas and back to work as a hotel clerk with no sleep ultimate rounder

Unregistered on July 19, 2005

he is always at the taj dressed like a worker. plays the biggest game there.

loveland on July 7, 2005

im with {the cid}.i think he needs boot up his ass

angry hard on on July 5, 2005

i hate this guy but he really can play poker

TheCid on June 11, 2005

Ted forrest is truly talented and a great poker player all around

poker Gangsta on June 3, 2005

ted plays so bad

pokerchamp on May 25, 2005

If this guy was a dealer, he probably loved to play with Flack and Seed.

loser on May 2, 2005

Certainly Ted is very good but Giang is better. In fact he's considered the best player in non HE by Negreanau, Hellmuth etc.

ACHam on March 29, 2005

never really heard of ted forrest. dutch boyd is gonna be the next big thing in poker, look out for him making the final table at the main event this year.... dutch would beat tj cloutier any day of the week, plus dutch is even better than phil ivey himself

iveyfan05 on March 16, 2005

Greenstein's exact quote is about stud hi low, but stud would be pretty much the same with Ted.

Sammy the Brick on March 13, 2005

Hey is Ted Forrest- mrnuts on fultilt?

Swift on March 10, 2005

i think it was something like he could drink 2o heinekens in an hour...im pretty sure he won that bet he said....actually ted has more in common with tj than stu both are addicted to losing money at dice

iveyfan05 on February 17, 2005

Why does a great poker player like Ted blow a million shooting craps? I think he may have more in common with Stu Ungar than just great play.

Vegas Mike on February 10, 2005

What was that heineken bet that Ted Forrest mentioned during the WSOP

nfs1983 on February 7, 2005

To Ted: Your knowledge of the game, accompanied w/ your absolute brilliance towards 1) probability and 2) reads towards--prospective, although they're "deemed" amateur--players of the game have made me raise my "hat" to you. Mr. Forrest: I bow to you. Respect.

papanog on January 28, 2005

You're juiced 10K. Enter a 7-card round w/ Ted Forrest. Best of luck; it's comparable to tossing your 'roll' in the garbage.

PapaNog on January 28, 2005

Quote from barry greenstein "If you want to know what its like to be in the eye of a hurricane.Try playing short handed seven card stud with ted"

uk defender on January 13, 2005

Ted, IMHO, is the second-greatest cash-game player in the world behind the legendary Chip Reese. He is also probably the greatest Razz player of all time, and certainly the best right now, although he rarely gets to show off his amazing skill in this game since the only time one ever sees Razz on TV is during one episode per year of ESPN's World Series coverage. Which I suppose is fair, since the game is rarely spread anywhere - although they play it for high-stakes sometimes at the Bellagio and a couple of the larger California poker rooms like Commerce. Although he is primarily a cash-game player, anyone who wins 3 WSOP bracelets in the same year obviously possesses some tournament skills as well, to say the least. Just an overall great poker player.

cognito20 on January 6, 2005

Ted Forrest is an amazing player. Rocks.

what? on December 30, 2004

one of (if not THE) greatest players alive today

Unregistered on December 16, 2004

Ted is a amazing player, he likes to make sly plays that are really remarkeable that not many players could do.

iBuddy on December 9, 2004

Hi,Does anyone know how to get in touch with Ted? I have a client that wants to talk with him about being involved in a computer video game.Thanks for any info.John (spectravideo@cox.net)

spectravideo on November 30, 2004

Poker skills are phenominal, but has a tendancy to back losing players and businesses. Another player ive personally seen up a million in one session.

warwick on November 29, 2004

ted forrest is one of the best players in the world, the man is awsome, he can smel weakness from the other table that he si not even in. did you guys see him call in stud wsop with a pair of 2s, that was amazing enough! ted you the man

acer roma on November 28, 2004

ted is a truly great player with a feel for the cards,,,that cannot be tought,,all i wanna know is why cant he get a real haircut with all his millions? come on ted ..tell ya what email me and ill take ya to supercuts on me ....

djnpa_30 on November 25, 2004

I used to watch him play freez out on the living room floor for a 10.00$ pot in the early eighties, he was fearless even then.

twowayyo on November 16, 2004

A true hustler

Kroeis on November 10, 2004

Great Razz, and Stud player, saw him do well in a hold em tourney once, the man is a down and dirty player old school he's a solid fairly tight player.

Sammy the Brick on November 6, 2004

By far one of my favorite poker players. Cash game monster and can win a tourney anytime. Great poker knowledge.

G.. on October 8, 2004

excellent poker player plays the game great i play a cash game with him or i did but havent seen him since he won at the wsop man i was hoping would win one

pocket7s on October 7, 2004

saw the dude blow $30K in a matter of seconds at the Paris on craps. Sorry about the bad role Ted, should have cought me the day before when i was hot!

JayJay on August 31, 2004

yea he is one helluva player

smash on August 20, 2004

Hes The Only Poker Player That Scares Me Becuase He Called With Only A Pair Of 2's And Won That Was Freakin Crazy

crazy on August 15, 2004

Hands down the most feared player in the world. ted does not play tournaments and he just showed up and scored two bracelets this year. If you see this guy show up at a cash game or at a table you're playing at... CASH OUT and run for the exits.

Paul on August 10, 2004

I'll beat him heads up 5,000,000 - 10,000,000 razz

Archie Karas on August 9, 2004

If I am at a final table I do not want to see Ted Forrest. He can read just about anyone like a book. Winning poker is a combination of skill and luck, and the great players have maximized the skill part of the equation. That's what Ted does, and the only reason he ever loses is due to luck.

Phil H on August 1, 2004

Could have been best all around poker player but went for the cash games that banked him more money than tournaments ever could have. nothing but respect

Best non tourney player ever on July 17, 2004

To the guy who said not as good as Ungar, I would take Stu in a tournament but Ted in a cash game.

Unregistered on July 15, 2004

This guy is truly great, He cut out when he made 3 bracelets in one year in the 90's, he could've had a lot more if you think about it

Jack on July 12, 2004

Not very many WSOP bracelets? Try six on for size. Three came this year, the other three back in the early 90's but they apparently got ripped off. This guy is a poker freak, any game, anytime.

herman007 on July 11, 2004

what is with that mullet thing he got goin on? good though.

whats with the mullet on July 9, 2004

Amazing poker player at all games. That 2/2 call-out at the WSOP was freakin' scary.

herman007 on July 7, 2004

The only reason Ted Forest doesn't have many WSOP bracelets is because he hardly plays in tournements. He is a cash game specialist. Ted is a relentless warrior at the table, and won't back down from anyone. He is also very good at reading people. Did you guys see him call that guy out with a pair of 2s in the WSOP 7 card stud? I mean what a call!! Ted Forest will for sure go down as one of the greatest players to ever play the game , but not as good as Ungar.

Steve on July 5, 2004

^ Ok, well clearly I didn't mean to do that I apologize. He is a straight up gambler and poker genius, he is very aggressive and I believe Phil wrote about him as his most highly regarded player. From the one time I saw him at the WPT championship from the first season he was absolutely fearless and could play weak hands like they were aces.

Gman on June 30, 2004

He likes to smoke crack and blow big $$ in the craps pit. Also was a drug dealer. Not sure if he still is.

Unregistered on June 25, 2004

He's nobody, just a man who won THREE WSOP bracelets this year.

herman007 on June 24, 2004

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