Ted Forrest, one of the most accomplished players ever at the World Series of Poker, is getting closer to adding another notch to his résumé. Forrest, who has six bracelets in his showcase, is third in chips with the last 16 players coming back for the final day of Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. There's a $173,228 first-place prize waiting at the top.
Forrest bagged 416,000, sitting behind Steve Jelinek (481,000) and Hal Rotholz (445,000). While Forrest's finish was strong, he had to survive a crucial moment during the third level of play with the tournament still short of the money.
Forrest had less than two bets behind on sixth street, looking into Barry Levy's all-diamond board. Forrest eventually decided to spin for his life. Levy didn't have a fifth diamond among his hole cards, and Forrest avoided a deadly river card to double and start his uphill ride.
While Forrest is arguably the biggest legend among the remaining players, there are some other talented players still in contention. Those include multiple bracelet holders Max Pescatori (324,000) and David Sklansky (117,000), as well as Don Zewin (408,000), Walter Treccarichi (285,000), Tim Finne (234,000) and Justin Bonomo (210,000).
Barbara Lewis, the last woman standing, will return to a promising 407,000, good for a fifth place on the leaderboard.
Notable players who cashed but failed to qualify for the final day featured Joe Hachem, John Cernuto, Chris Bjorin, Mike Leah, Randy Ohel, Allen Kessler and Jeff Madsen, among others. Today's casualties who left the tournament outside of the top 90 and without any reward included Valentin Vornicu, Dan Smith, Dzmitry Urbanovich and last year's runner-up Brandon Shack-Harris.
The finale kicks off Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Brasilia Room. Tune to PokerNews for the live updates to see who'll claim the title. Play will resume in Level 21 with the limits at 12,000/24,000.
Day 3 Seat Draw
|Room||Seat||Table 1||Country||Chip Count||Table 2||Country||Chip Count|
|Brasilia||1||Eric Pratt||United States||269,000||Ted Forrest||United States||416,000|
|Brasilia||2||Shannon Petluck||United States||159,000||Dimitrios Magdalinos||United States||136,000|
|Brasilia||3||Hal Rotholz||United States||445,000||Tim Finne||United States||234,000|
|Brasilia||4||Steve Jelinek||United States||481,000||Don Zewin||United States||408,000|
|Brasilia||5||Barbara Lewis||United States||407,000||Max Pescatori||Italy||324,000|
|Brasilia||6||Jack Rosenfeldt||United States||73,000||Justin Bonomo||United States||210,000|
|Brasilia||7||Ernest Bohn||United States||169,000||Walter Treccarichi||Italy||285,000|
|Brasilia||8||William Kohler||United States||330,000||David Sklansky||United States||117,000|