Ted Forrest Profile

General Bill “zimba” Seibert
Ted Forrest has taken his own path to tremendous poker success. He won three WSOP bracelets in 1993. Forrest then turned away from tournament poker in the mid 1990's to focus on cash games. He returned triumphantly to tournament poker by winning two more WSOP bracelets in 2004. He then turned his focus from seven card stud to hold'em reaching five final tables on the World Poker Tour and winning a championship on the Professional Poker Tour. Forrest won the 2006 National Heads-Up Poker championship and its $500k first prize. In 2007, Forrest won the WPT - Bay 101 for $1.1 million. His live tournament winnings exceed $5.7 milllion, with 22 WSOP cashes. Forrest was born September 24, 1964 in Syracuse, New York and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Things you might not know:
  • 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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