Commentary

Brown outlasts Forrest, Clements for bracelet

Updated: June 11, 2008, 2:34 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN Poker Club

Event 15 | Event 17

It was a battle of a WSOP hopeful and a seasoned veteran. The two-hour battle between Andrew Brown and Ted Forrest in the Omaha high-low split Event 16 ended up with a first cash and bracelet for Brown, a 26-year-old professional poker player from New York.

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IMPDI for the WSOPAndrew Brown defeated of the toughest heads-up players in the world -- 2006 National Heads-Up Champion Ted Forrest.

"I was looking forward to playing Ted Forrest heads-up," Brown noted after winning the bracelet. "He's amazing. We had a see-saw battle. It was a great heads-up match."

Brown's victory, worth $225,632, was the first for the pro who plays primarily on the East Coast. Brown was a student at New York University before deciding to take up poker full-time. He plans to return to school eventually to finish his degree.

Making Brown's accomplishment more impressive is the fact that out of the 54 players making the money, 15 had previously won WSOP bracelets. Besides Forrest at the final table, Scott Clements and Ralph Perry hoped to win another bracelet of their own. Forrest, falling just short of his sixth bracelet, earned $143,420 and now has over $1.2 million in career earnings at the WSOP. Clements made his second final table of the WSOP and became the first player in 2008 to do so. Perry has 17 lifetime cashes, but this was his first of the year.

Other notable finishers include James Fricke (ninth), Pat Poels (17th) and Josh Arieh (24th).

Below are the complete results of Event 16 of the 2008 World Series of Poker:

Event 16: Omaha high-low split
Buy-in: $2,000
Entries: 551
Prize pool: $1,022,820
Players in the money: 54

1. Andrew Brown ($226,483)
2. Ted Forrest ($143,420)
3. Jim Pechac ($88,065)
4. Soheil Shamseddin ($71,961)
5. Kia Hooshmand ($58,877)
6. Ralph Perry ($46,297)
7. Scott Clements ($36,232)
8. Allan Enciso ($28,684)
9. James Fricke ($21,135)
10. Lee Grove ($13,587)
11. Ralph Rudd ($13,587)
12. Mallory Smith ($13,587)
13. Jose Paz ($11,071)
14. Joe Aronesty ($11,071)
15. James Richburg ($11,071)
16. Michael Sohayegh ($8,554)
17. Patrick Poels ($8,554)
18. Michael Reed ($8,554)
19. Shirley Rosario ($6,541)
20. William Sheppard ($6,541)
21. Robert Oxenberg ($6,541)
22. Cameron McKinley ($6,541)
23. Kevin Petersen ($6,541)
24. Joshua Arieh ($6,541)
25. Ryan Carey ($6,541)
26. Dave Stann ($6,541)
27. Hilbert Shirey ($6,541)
28. Kristy Gazes ($5,535)
29. John Juanda ($5,535)
30. Kenneth Nay ($5,535)
31. John Cernuto ($5,535)
32. Thang Nguyen ($5,535)
33. Soo Lee ($5,535)
34. Wing Wong ($5,535)
35. Lamar Johnston ($5,535)
36. Bradley Libson ($5,535)
37. Kham-ar Aythavone ($4,529)
38. Thomas Hufnagle ($4,529)
39. Max Stern ($4,529)
40. Brent Carter ($4,529)
41. Ralph Gable ($4,529)
42. Brian Sharrock ($4,529)
43. John Guth ($4,529)
44. Henry Kim ($4,529)
45. James Van Alstyne ($4,529)
46. Chris Birchby ($4,025)
47. Jay Heimowitz ($4,025)
48. Kyle Landrum ($4,025)
49. Jason Loehde ($4,025)
50. David Fernandez ($4,025)
51. Gary Turner ($4,025)
52. James Bord ($4,025)
53. David Chiu ($4,025)
54. Max Pescatori ($4,025)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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