Event #40: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Forrest Eyes 7th Bracelet, Bags Big Stack for Final Day of $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

BrettC • Level 20: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante
Ted Forrest

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

RoomSeatTable 1CountryChip CountTable 2CountryChip Count
Brasilia1Eric PrattUnited States269,000Ted ForrestUnited States416,000
Brasilia2Shannon PetluckUnited States159,000Dimitrios MagdalinosUnited States136,000
Brasilia3Hal RotholzUnited States445,000Tim FinneUnited States234,000
Brasilia4Steve JelinekUnited States481,000Don ZewinUnited States408,000
Brasilia5Barbara LewisUnited States407,000Max PescatoriItaly324,000
Brasilia6Jack RosenfeldtUnited States73,000Justin BonomoUnited States210,000
Brasilia7Ernest BohnUnited States169,000Walter TreccarichiItaly285,000
Brasilia8William KohlerUnited States330,000David SklanskyUnited States117,000

Tags: David SklanskyJustin BonomoMax PescatoriTed ForrestTim Finne