Ted’s tournament achievements are numerous, he has been known primarily as a high-stakes cash game player since 1987. He is one of the most consistent high limit poker players in the world, and is known for his ability to play almost any hand against his competitors.
Ted became acquainted with casino poker while working as a desk clerk at a Grand Canyon hotel. He began making frequent trips to Vegas where he would play for two straight days in low limit games without any sleep. Soon making more playing than working he quit and moved to Las Vegas where he has earned his living playing professional poker. Ted has recently began playing tournaments again because of the large number of entries in each event which makes for large paydays.
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 also in 1993). Ted’s wins were in the Seven Card Stud, Omaha Hi/Lo and Razz events. In 2004 Ted Forrest won two events, Seven Card Stud and No-Limit Hold’em, to bring his a total of five gold bracelets, which puts him in the same company as Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Berry Johnston, Layne Flack and Stu Ungar.
Of course Ted has some notable finishes in other tournaments including a fourth place at the World Poker Tour Championship in 2003, second in Omaha Hi/Lo at the 1996 WSOP, second in No-Limit Hold’em at the 1999 WSOP and third at the 2003 WSOP. Most recently Ted was crowned the champion in the 2006 National Heads Up Championship, defeating Erik Seidel, Chad Brown, Sam Farha, Sean Sheikhan and Chris Ferguson.
Ted’s career winnings add up to over $2.7 million from tournaments alone and also include three WPT final table finishes.
In his own words:
“I didn’t 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 player’s exact hole cards.”