The 25th anniversary of Phil Hellmuth’s 1989 Main Event win, 50th WSOP final table, 101st WSOP cash: that’s how things were looking for “The Poker Brat” before the final day of the World Series of Poker Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Razz. And many were saying that this event had 14th gold bracelet for Hellmuth written all over it.
But Ted Forrest certainly didn’t think so. He was the only one who had the skills to bring down the legend, securing his sixth WSOP bracelet in the process plus a healthy six-figure number of $121,196. Forrest also became just the fourth player ever to be called “Double Razz winner,” (he also won the event in 1993) joining the likes of Huck Seed, Gary Berland, and Mike Hart.
Congrats to my old friend Ted Forrest on winning #WSOPRazz tourn. If I had to lose to someone, I’m glad it was Teddy….2nd place for me
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 2, 2014
And just like in an epic battle, the winner drew first blood of the day, preparing the entire world for things to come. Soon after that, Kevin Iacofano was eliminated in eighth place by the hands of Greg Pappas. Hellmuth was also involved in that hand and quickly jumped out of his seat and wandered toward the back after he saw that his seven-five was no good against Pappas’ six-four low.
Yuebin Guo was next to fall in seventh, followed fairly quickly by two-time bracelet winner Brandon Cantu.
Brock Parker was eliminated in fifth place, tweeting:
Busted in 5th for 25k, kept having great draws but making 2 pair. Taking a walk then playing the 10k o8
— brock parker (@brock_parker) June 2, 2014
David Bach finished fourth, being no match to Hellmuth’s 8-7-6-4-3 low. “The Poker Brat” made his final victim in Pappas and had a 2-to-1 chip lead over Forrest before the start of heads-up play.
The epic battle between the two legends lasted almost five hours and it was Forrest who signaled the victory. After a lost hand, Hellmuth made his way to his wife and told her: “Don’t worry, baby. Don’t worry.” Forrest looked their way and had his own piece of advice: “Worry.”
One hour later, the tournament was finished. In the last hand of the event, Forrest outclassed his opponent with the winning 9-7-6-3-A low against a weaker Q-10-7-3-2 hand. For second place, Hellmuth cashed in $74,878.
Congratulation to Ted Forrest on winning his sixth bracelet. He now has 26 WSOP cashes and almost $1.9 million in WSOP career earnings in the last 19 years.