Ted Forrest Wins WSOP 2014 $1,500 Razz Event
Professional poker player Ted Forrest has won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 $1,500 buy-in Razz tournament, thus grabbing a large first-place prize of $121,196 and the sixth WSOP bracelet of his career.
Forrest played heads-up with Phil Hellmuth for at least six hours before emerging as the champion of the event. As a result, Hellmuth lost the opportunity to grab the 14th WSOP bracelet of his career.
The $1,500 buy-in Razz tournament got a field of 352 players, and after two days, the field boiled down to 8 players with Hellmuth as one of the chip leaders. The final table featured significant poker pros such as David Bach, Brandon Cantu, and Forrest. Hellmuth continued as the chip leader for most of the time and eliminated Greg Pappas in the third place. When the heads-up play began, Hellmuth’s chip stack was double that of Forrest’s.
Both Forrest and Hellmuth had already grabbed several WSOP gold bracelets along with one Razz championship title each. Their style of play clearly showed that they were both equally eager to capture another bracelet and title.
Speaking about his success, Forrest said that this was one of the most difficult tournaments he had ever played, especially after it boiled down to a heads-up tournament. He said: “I’ve never gone back and forth this many times against anyone. Phil is a great player obviously, and to win in this way really makes it even more satisfying. I don’t know what I can say other than this is what we play for, for this moment.”
Hellmuth won 500 CardPlayer Player of the Year (POY) points and $74,848 for finishing in the second place. Although he did not get the 14th WSOP bracelet of his career, this turned out to be the 101st time he finished in the cash at a WSOP event and the 49th time he reached a WSOP final table. Although he was disappointed, he did not waste time in congratulating Forrest on Twitter.
The players who finished third and fourth were Greg Pappas, who won $48,275, and David Bach, who won $34,979, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were Brock Parker, who won $25,717, and Brandon Cantu, who won $19,183, respectively. The players who finished seventh and eighth were Yuebin Guo, who won $14,517, and Kevin Iacofano, who won $11,143, respectively.
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