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In August 2010, ESPNpublished an article saying that Ted Forrest (pictured) had won a "shocking" weight loss bet with Mike Matusow. The site quoted Forrest as saying, "We were at the Commerce a few months ago, we'd just had dinner, and I felt full and fat. I weighed about 188 in clothes. I bet him I'd weigh under 140 and he was like, 'No, it's impossible,' so he laid me 20-1 that I couldn't do it by July 15 and another $1 million against $100,000 that I couldn't do it by September 24." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- The results: by July 15, Forrest had reached his target weight, leading Matusow to be quoted as saying rather bluntly, "I made that bet because I didn't think it was feasibly possible." Matusow added that he didn't have the $2 million required to settle the bet and instead, according to ESPN, arrangements were made for $5,000 per month to be paid for 18 years. Flash-forward to last week, when Forrest Tweeted the following about the 2010 bet: In case you're wondering, by the way, how Forrest was able to shed almost 50 pounds so quickly, he told ESPN, "I ate less. I exercised more, cut out sugar, went to raw and organic vegetables, cut down meat. I was running and walking a lot, lifting and circuit training four days a week. I didn't want to build too much muscle, but I needed to build a little keep my metabolism up." The total weight Forrest lost, according to PartyPoker, was 48 pounds in three months, or 16 pounds a month. Matusow and Forrest are both among the 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class. The pair has combined for 10 World Series of Poker bracelets. Forrest won back-to-back-to-back bracelets at the 1993 WSOP, emerging victorious in Events 11, 12, and 13, while Matusow final tabled the Main Event twice in a five-year span stretching from 2001 to 2005. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
Earlier this month, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Ted Forrest went public with a gripe about a high-stakes weight-loss prop betwith Mike Matusow that had supposedly been left unpaid. But this week, "The Mouth" hit back, telling his side of the story and painting the circumstances surrounding the bet in a different light. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- In a series of Tweets which have now been deleted, Matusow recalled that the bet was made as somewhat of a joke. "Four years ago me and Ted made a bet and were very drunk when we made it. I then told him I don't want the bet because I can't afford to lose," he said. Forrest, it seems, was completely serious about the wager and demanded that Matusow pay a fee to buy out early. "He then said 'sorry, you owe me $500K to cancel the bet,' I laughed and said 'fine don't cancel the bet but I'm not changing my lifestyle for anyone,' and that if you win you will get $5K a month out of my Full Tilt paycheck," Matusow continued. The 186-pound Forrest threw himself into the task, cutting out sugar and eating less meat, adding in more exercise and raw vegetables. During the WSOP, the pro would walk to and from the Rio every day and then run four miles every dinner break. During the final 10 days of the bet, he ate little more than a tomato, a kiwi, and a handful of fruits just to make sure he would hit his target weight of 138 pounds. When his victory seemed close at hand, Forrest was already concerned that Matusow wouldn't pay up. "After it looked like he would win, he went to Howard [Lederer] and Full Tilt demanding they pay the bet if he wins. They laughed in his face," said "The Mouth." On the July 15 weigh-in date, Forrest (pictured) had completed the astounding task and won the $1.8 million bet. On Twitter, Matusow placed much of the blame for his lack of payment on his pre-Black Friday employer. "You all know Full Tilt stole mine and everyone's money and I've struggled to survive since. But now he has been paid $200K by Justin Smithwho had 10% of the bet and $93,500 by me in which I told him I would pay $106,500, which is 10%," he added. "I feel this is more than fair since Full Tilt ruined my life." Forrest was unmoved and claimed that Matusow has made more than enough to make good on the wager. "In 2010 Mike was not broke and he has won more than $1.8 million in the last four years," he Tweeted. He also recounted a previous six-figure weight loss bet that he had lost against Matusow after "The Mouth" had dropped 60 pounds. "Mike beat me on a weight bet for $100K. I paid him. When I won my weight bet, he did not even pay me the $100K." Forrest is pictured with Matusow following his 138-pound weigh-in (image courtesy OnlinePokerReport). Even so, it doesn't seem like Forrest will be seeing the rest of the cash anytime soon. "Sorry Ted,if you think you're getting any more money, sue me," continued Matusow. "Stop lying about me to people in public or I will out you for the thief and crook that you are," he taunted. With both pros among the 10 finalists to be inaugurated into this year's Poker Hall of Fame, some thought that the timing of Forrest's claims were anything but coincidental. But the 49-year-old denied the accusation and even complemented Matusow on helping to popularize the game. "Mike's crazy antics have helped promote poker and he definitely has Hall of Fame credentials," he Tweeted. "I am simply standing up for what I believe to be right." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.