Ted Forrest shot to prominence when winning an incredible three bracelets at the 1993 World Series of Poker (a feat matched only by Phil Hellmuth – amazingly also in 1993 – and by Phil Ivey in 2002). He then turn turned his attention full time to cash games and he is best known for being a winning high stakes cash game player. However, in 2004 he made a triumphant return by winning two more bracelets at the World Series of Poker.
Forrest was once a dealer and credits his skills in reading other players to the time he spent at the tables.
"I didn’t waste my time in the box. I studied the players and tried to improve. I was amazed, especially in holdem, at the frequency with which I could figure out a player’s exact hole cards," he says.
There is no doubt that 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.
It has been said that Forrest will play almost any hand because he can outplay his opponents. His friends even call him 'Professor Backwards' because he so often does the opposite of conventional wisdom. In fact, many players thought Ted was a maniac when he first started playing poker because of some of the hands he showed down.
He has been referred to as the 'suicide king' – which is the king of hearts, who, in a standard deck of cards, holds a sword to his head. The term also symbolises the fine line professional poker players walk between success and self-destruction.