Those who follow poker know that prop bets are a way for poker players to have fun with each other and gamble on just about everything. At times, these prop bets are made as a means for a player to better himself or herself. During the 2007 World Series of Poker, Mike Matusow and Ted Forrest were part of a prop bet where Matusow was to lose sixty pounds before the 2008 World Series of Poker. Matusow would win this bet by going from 241 pounds to 179 pounds, a 62 pound difference. He lost the weight and was $100,000 richer to boot.
The two poker players are back at it with another weight prop bet. However, Ted Forrest is the one that will be trying to lose the weight this time. He currently weighs 188 pounds and the target weight for this prop bet is 139 pounds. That is a total of 49 pounds that Forrest must lose. If he can drop the weight by July 15th, he will win $2,000,000. If he cannot do so, he still has until September 15th to lose that weight and beat Matusow out of $1,000,000. If Forrest fails to lose the weight, he will owe Matusow $150,000.
There is a huge difference, however, between this prop bet and the one between these two a couple of years ago. Matusow was looking to lose all fat back in 2007 and 2008. Forrest is known for being very muscular and losing 50 pounds of muscle is a very difficult, and dangerous, task. Forrest is no stranger to physical prop bets though. He’s won $10,000 for performing a standing backflip and $7,000 for completing a marathon. However, he recently lost $10,000 and permanently damaged his right arm after failing to bench-press 225 pounds 50 times in 24 hours.
Best of luck to both players!