The 2014 World Series of Poker Event #7: $1,500 Seven-Card Razz was set to run for three days. The prize pool grew to $475,200 from the 352 players that ponied up $1,500 each and it was off to the races in the game where you are trying to make the worst possible hand.
Fans around the world were checking in through the live feed to watch Phil Hellmuth who was looking to add bracelet #14 to his arm (or a relative or friend's arm). As the players dropped from the competition, the only person standing between Hellmuth and gold was Ted Forrest.
When the final table started, the “Poker Brat” was second in chips and the table was filled with rocks, the kind of rocks that came to play and know the game and they aren't giving up any ground — Brandon Cantu, David Bach, Brock Parker, to name a few. Hellmuth played on after several bracelet winners hit the rail and then was facing a five-time bracelet winner who won one of those bracelets in Razz — Ted Forrest!
In the history of the WSOP, Huck Seed, Gary “Bones” Berland, and Mike Hart are double razz bracelet winners; both Forrest and Hellmuth were trying to accomplish the same feat.
The final result:
When heads-up play began, Hellmuth held a 2-1 chip lead but the war to claim all the chips went back and forth and with both being accomplished and seasoned players, either one of them making a mistake was almost impossible. Heads-up play went on for hours until the increasing limits began to take on a huge role in the outcome of the tournament.
Forrest caught a run of cards at the right time and was able to use that to chip away at Hellmuth's stack. Eventually Hellmuth was crippled when the pot grew to 350,000 and Forrest made a 6-5-3-2-A low; Hellmuth mucked his hand and only had 45,000 in chips left.
The final hand found Hellmuth with the high card and an obligatory bring-in. When Forrest completed the bring-in, Hellmuth called off his last 35,000.
Hellmuth: / /
Forrest: / /
Hellmuth's last hand saw him make a Q-10-7-3-2 low, while Forrest made a winning 9-7-6-3-A low.
Congratulations are in order for Ted — Congratulations! And Hellmuth felt the same way!
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 2014-06-02
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