Poker World Mourns Amir Vahedi

The world of professional poker bids farewell to colleague Amir Vahedi, who passed away January 8, 2010 due to complications related to diabetes. The WSOP bracelet winner was 46 years old.

Amir Vahedi was born in Tehran, Iran. He started playing poker in 1997, and won his first live tournament cash in 2000. In 2001, Vahedi was named No Limit Hold’em Player of the Year, and was the second runner up to Men Nguyen as the 2003 Card Player Magazine player of the year.

May 2003 Amir Vahedi claimed his World Series of Poker Bracelet playing No Limit Hold’em, along with $270k. He went on to place sixth in the Main Event two weeks later for one quarter of a million dollars. Amir amassed a lifetime total of $3,192,089 in live cash earnings, with 22 first place finishes out of 142 career cashes.

Remembered fondly for his cigar-chomping, jovial disposition, and unpredictable game play, Amir Vahedi is also known as the professional poker player who tutored Ben Affleck in the art of poker.

AbsolutePoker Team Absolute member and friend of Vahedi, Mark Seif, broke the news of Amir Vahedi’s death on his personal blog on January 9, and pro poker players have been tweeting their sadness and condolences on Twitter. It is certain that the smiling face of Amir Vahedi will be sorely missed.

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  1. What is sad is no article mentions that he had a family and that they are mourning the loss of Amir. I find it very odd that no mention of his kids his ex-wife are mentioned he was more then a great poker player he was a father and husband.

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