Ted Forrest Profile
- Forrest, when he was 20, worked in a hotel at the Grand Canyon and would commute to Vegas on the weekends to play in modest games.
- Forrest was hired as a prop player at Palace Station in his early days of poker.
- Forrest credits his time as a dealer for giving him good reading abilities.
- Forrest later moved to Vegas and earned enough to pay for a college education at Lemoyne College. He dropped out nine credits short of graduation when his father passed away and never went back.
- Forrest had the longest heads-up duel in World Poker Tour history against J.J. Liu in March 2007.
- Forrest earned the nickname "Professor Backwards" because he differs from many pros who feel it is proper to raise or fold, preferring to limp and calling a raise are just as worthy. He enjoys doing the opposite of what is considered conventional wisdom.
- Forrest was a part of The Corporation, the high stakes player team which included Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, and Jennifer Harman amongst others, that took down Texas billionaire Andy Beal in a series of ultra high stakes matches.
- Forrest's first three WSOP bracelets were stolen.
- Forrest has both won and lost over $1 million in single sessions of high stakes cash games, alos in craps.
- Forrest purchased a WSOP championship bracelet from Hamid Dastmalchi who claimed it wasn't worth much.
- Forrest is known for backing a lot of good poker players with his winnings.
- Forrest earned the nickname "spooky" for some of his amazing reads at the table.
Ted Forrest has always enjoyed a good gamble. He is known for enjoying prop bets of all types, including weight gain and loss, extreme distance running, weight lifting and whether he could do a standing back flip during a WSOP event. His most famous prop bet was when he won $2 million dollar from Mike Matusow for losing 50 lbs in a few months, dropping from 188 to 138. He starved himself the last 10 days, but made it. Matusow has insisted he will only pay it off at $5k a month. Regardless, when Forrest puts his mind to something, he is a force with which to be reckoned.
Forrest interview after winning the Bay 101 and a feature on his Matusow weight loss bet:
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