The final table of the World Poker Tour World Poker Finals at Foxwoods was loaded with its share of bad beats. The record number of suckouts pushed the final table passed midnight and into Wednesday. After it was all said and done, though, Jeff Forrest emerged as the winner of the $10,000 Main Event, outlasting a field of 242 players, including a talented final table.
Forrest, a 22-year old newcomer to the poker world, was competing in his first WPT event. Along the way to his victory, he had to deal with a very tough final table that included Tom Marchese, who has been on fire as of late.
Marchese entered the day as the overwhelming chip leader and was looking for his first WPT title to go along with his recent win of the North American Poker Tour Venetian main event. Unfortunately for Marchese, he was on the wrong end of most of the suckouts at the final table.
To start Marchese’s string of bad luck, his KK was cracked by Nikolai Yakovenko. After Yakovenko was eliminated and play was three-handed, Marchese’s bad luck continued. He lost a race with Forrest when Forrest’s 44 beat his AK. Soon after, Dave Inselberg shoved A9 into Marchese’s AK and flopped two pair. The hand dropped Marchese from the chip lead. After doubling Forrest up again, Marchese was finally eliminated when he got all in with AK vs Forrest’s K6. While Marchese was a huge favorite preflop, a 6 on the flop helped bust Marchese in third place.
It only took Forrest ten hands of heads-up play to take down the title. The final hand came when the two players got all the chips in on a 9-8-5 board, with Inselberg holding 69 and Forrest QQ. The queens held and Forrest took down the $548,752 prize.
Here are the final table results from the Foxwoods World Poker Finals:
1st: Jeff Forest – $548,752
2nd: Dave Inselberg – $325,608
3rd: Thomas Marchese – $211,759
4th: Nikolai Yakovenko – $170,773
5th: Keven Stammen – $128,650
6th: Mohsin Charania – $104,741