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.
|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.
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.
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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