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Forrest has been playing poker for over twenty years. He is best known for being a winning high stakes cash game player. He lives in Las Vegas
and can be seen playing amongst the best at the Bellagio. He also makes his way to the Los Angeles area to play at The Bicycle Casino and the
Hustler Casino. Although he is known for playing live action poker, he plays the big buy-in tournaments because of the large number of entries in
each event and the large paydays it produces.
Ted is one of the most successful poker players around, but he almost gave the game up before he got his feet wet. In 1986, Ted started his career
as a professional poker player. He was barely scraping by when the Palace Station offered him a job as a prop player. He lost all but $33 of his
$100 bankroll while playing $1-3 Stud and then was pulled from the game to play in a $2-4 Holdem game and he questioned his decision to be a
professional gambler. He eventually got back into the Stud game and ended up winning $166 for the day. After that first day, he knew poker was
right for him. Forrest ultimately took a job as a dealer and credits his skills in reading other players to the time he spent in the box. In one
interview, he stated, "I didnít waste my time in the box. I studied the players and tried to improve. I was amazed, especially in Hold'em, at the
frequency with which I could figure out a playerís exact hole cards." He quit his job as a dealer to return to college. Ted's father passed away
during his final semester at LeMoyne College and he never got his degree. One year later, he moved to Las Vegas to start his career as a poker player.
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Forrest has made enough money that he is able to financially back some of the best tournament players around. One person told me he was the
"businessman of poker" because he has backed more players than
anyone else. I am friends with one of the players he used to back and this player told me Ted is incredible. He told me that he will play almost any hand
because he can outplay his opponents. This is not the first time I have heard this comment about Ted. As a matter of fact, his friends call him "Professor
Backwards" because he does the opposite of conventional wisdom. Many players thought Ted was a
maniac when he first started playing poker because of some of the hands
he showed down. They did not realize that Ted had done his homework and would simulate hand after hand after hand and knew the odds of playing each hand
against each type of player.
Ted Forrest is one of the best overall players in the game. According to one interview, he attributes his success to three factors: Innate talent,
a desire to improve, and being focused and prepared at the table. While I agree that he has all of those talents, I think he was being modest by not
mentioning the fact that he is one of the best at reading his opponents. I also enjoy watching him play because he is always calm at the poker table
and always handles himself with class.
In 1993, Ted won three gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker (a feat tied by
Phil Ivey in 2002 and by
Phil Hellmuth Jr. -- amazingly, also in 1993). His wins were in the Seven
Card Stud, Omaha HiLo and Razz events. In 2004, he won two events, Seven Card Stud and No Limit Holdem, to bring his total to five gold bracelets.
Of course he has some notable finishes in other tournaments including a Best All-Around Player award at the L.A. Poker Classic in 1992. He made
ten final tables in the Classic series in a variety of games and finished first in
Razz, Omaha Eight or Better, and the Stud Championship. He also finished fourth at the
World Poker Tour Championship in 2003.
Ted Forrest: English,