Ted Forrest - Global Poker Player

Ted Forrest is one of the highly admired American professional poker players in the world who has won 5 World Series of Poker gold bracelets in his career. He is much admired for his manners.

Personal Life

Ted Forrest came into this world on September 24, 1964. He was born in New York, but soon moved in the direction of casinos. At the age of 20, he started working at a hotel near the Grand Canyon and consistently made trips to Las Vegas only to play poker. Being an avid poker player and having proficiency over the game, Ted Forrest made good amount of money and enrolled his name at Lemoyne College. However, his luck took another course and he dropped out, a decision which Ted still thinks as a good judgement saying: “If I’d graduated from college, I might have taken some job making $36,000 a year. I’m happy with the alternative route I’ve taken.”.

Ted Forrest was not happy with his work as a prop player. He had financial constraints which prompted him to learn poker, making him more knowledgeable about the game. Gradually he developed the interest in reading the cards which made him a competent player.


Ted Forrest has an impressive poker career and has won many titles defeating many skilled players paving his way towards success. In his career, he was won three bracelets at the 1993 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Ted Forrest started participating in tournaments in 1990. And in 1992, he tasted his earliest victory at the Commerce Casino’s L.A. Poker Classic by winning the final table of ten events. He was also adjudged the Best All-Around poker player.

Although Ted Forrest continued to play poker after his achievements at the 1993 WSOP but later he devoted himself in playing cash games. Ted came flooding back in 2004 when he won 2 bracelets at the 2004 WSOP. And from then onwards he focussed on hold 'em instead of seven card stud. He reached 5 final tables in the World Poker Tour (WTP) and became victorious in a Professional Poker Tour.

Ted Forrest continued to play poker while defeating his opponents easily and also contested in the second season of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. At the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament he paved his way to the quarter-final stage.

Ted Forrest captured the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2006. He defeated some of the legendary poker players like Chad Brown and Erik Seidel to earn the first prize of $500,000.

In 2007, Ted Forrest defeated J. J. Liu in a clash which holds the record for being the longest battle in WPT history. According to records his total live tournament winnings is more than $5 million among which approx. $1.6 million are winning cash from the WSOP.

Ted Forrest is well known for adopting an effective strategy while playing no-limit Texas hold 'em which differs from other poker players. As per his strategy, calling a raise should be employed frequently. He has been christened ‘Professor Backwards’ by others in the poker circuit and he uses the same as his name for playing online poker.

Besides being well known as a highly skilled poker player he is also popular among others as a competitive high stakes gambler. He is also known for being a crucial part of a conglomerate of poker players who played Texas businessman Andy Beal in a series of heads-up, Texas Hold’em games. It was the richest poker game where a $1 million could be earned in each round.

Ted is also known for his gambling interests outside poker. He has made and lost money on craps table, on bets to do with finishing marathons and the like.

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