In a mammoth showing, young gun Andrew Brown has won the bracelet and the title here in Event #16. Brown is just 25 years old, and now has his largest tournament cash by a long shot. Before the final table, he said he was, "The best PLO player nobody knows." Well, this wasn't PLO, but he is no longer an unknown either.
Brown played a pretty steady game for the first two days, but really turned it on today when it mattered. When he finally got heads up with Ted Forrest, he showed that he is more than capable of hanging with the top pros. For the first 30 minutes, Brown put on a clinic, and ran Forrest all the way down to 150,000. That was the easy part.
Forrest battled all the way back to regain the chip lead with 1.235 million a short time after. Showing the poise of a pro in his own right though, Brown continued pushing hard, and finally was able to wear Forrest all the way down to the felt. Truly a remarkable performance from our new bracelet winner.
Congratulations to Andrew Brown, Event #16 Champion!
With a raise and a call before the flop, the two men saw the flop come down . Forrest bet, and Brown called.
The turn was the . Forrest again bet, and Brown snap-called.
The river was the . Forrest fired his last 85,000 into the pot, and Brown beat him into the pot with the call. The hands are turned over:
Andrew Brown takes down the whole pot, and the whole tournament, eliminating Ted Forrest in second place. Forrest walked away disappointed, and it unlikely the $143,420 will be much consolation to the pro.
About a half-hour ago, Ted Forrest seemingly couldn't win a pot. Andrew Brown was all over him, and without even looking at the chip stacks, you could read it in their body language. Brown was sitting forward in his chair and betting with aggressive motions. Forrest, on the other hand, was looking quite frustrated. After every pot, he would let out a disgusted sigh, stand up from his chair and pace around within a few steps from his seat. He had that "I-can't-win-a-pot" look about him, though it didn't seem to affect his play.
Now, things have changed. As Forrest has clawed his way back into contention, his mood has lightened, and his demeanor has improved noticeably. He now smiles occasionally and chats loosely with the railbirds. He even stood up twice to hug a lady that is railing him particularly close-by.
Andrew Brown has been running over Ted Forrest heads up.
In the latest pot, Brown limps in, Forrest raises, and Brown calls. The flop comes down . Forrest bets, and Brown calls.
The turn is the . Forrest bets, Brown calls.
The river comes the . This time Forrest checks, as Brown plunks in a bet of 100,000. Forrest regretfully makes the call, as Brown says, "Flush," and turns over . Forrest stands up with his cards, looking them over close to his chest. After checking them several times, he tossed them into the muck, looking frustrated.
After that hit, Forrest is down to his last 150,000 in chips.