Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow heeft wat moeite om met $2 miljoen over de brug te komen. Ted Forrest ging een weddenschap aan om in twee maanden extreem veel af te vallen. 15 juli was de deadline en Forrest won! Nu moet Mike betalen…
Begin mei kwam er sidebet tussen Mike Matusow en Ted Forrest tot stand. Forrest, 85 kilo zwaar, zou op 15 juli 62,5 kilo moeten wegen. Matusow hield dat voor onmogelijk en zette $ 2 miljoen in. Als Forrest zou falen, moest hij Matusow $150.000 betalen. Het lukte Forrest dus om onwaarschijnlijk veel af te vallen.
Mike Matusow vertelde ESPN: “I don’t have the $2 million to pay out. I made that bet because I didn’t think it was feasibly possible. I could pay him a big lump, but I’m going to wait six months to see if he dies first. I think he’s 50-50 to die. He starved himself for 11 days and ran 16 miles a day. He’s lost all of the muscle around his heart. He could have a heart attack. All that for $5,000 a month. He’ll get paid all of it, but I made it clear when we made the bet he’d get $5,000 a month. He tried to kill himself for $5,000 a month.”
Ted Forrest: “He beat me, and I paid him off. I think he should try to pay me as much as he can in the next two months and then work out a satisfactory, reasonable, agreeable payment arrangement.” Wordt ongetwijfeld vervolgd.
Forrest ging wel tot het gaatje om de bet te winnen. Hij sportte heel veel en gaf de laatste tien dagen alles. Hij at nauwelijks, bleef zes uur per dag sporten en 25 kilometer hardlopen per dag. “Then, I ate the last few days, and that enabled me to win the bet. I ate a kiwi, a tomato and five or six raspberries, which gave me the energy to make the final push and lose the weight.”
De bet kwam volgens Forrest overigens als volgt tot stand: “How did the bet come about?” Well, a couple of years ago, Mike was pretty portly. He weighed about 250 pounds, and I bet him $100,000 he couldn’t get down to 181 pounds in a year. He did it and beat me for $100,000. We were at the Commerce [Casino] 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 Sept. 24.”