Name: Amir Vahedi
Died: January 10, 2010
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Online Screen Names: None known
Amir Vahedi was one of the most sparkling personalities on the poker circuit. Vahedi made a name for himself as an unpredictable player and most professionals quaked in their boots when they saw the Sherman Oaks resident on the same felt.
Vahedi was born in Iran and took up immigrant status in the United States long before taking up professional poker. In fact, he didn’t emerge on the major poker scene until the late 1990s. Literally, as soon as he did, he took the tables by storm, winning undercard events in the Carnival of Poker and LA Poker Classic in early 2000.
Vahedi gained notoriety during his time at the tables, and with good reason. Vahedi made the World Series of Poker final table in 2003, eventually coming sixth, just weeks after claiming his only gold bracelet in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. He was the Season 3 champion of the Ultimate Poker Challenge. His fame at the tables even earned him the role of personal poker tutor to Ben Affleck until 2004.
When all was said and done, Vahedi sat at the final table in major tournaments well over sixty times, with over eighty cashes to his name. Amir was heads-up at over twenty of those tournaments and won over 80 percent of the titles in which he found himself face to face with his ultimate opponent. These figures are truly astonishing, but the simple fact is that Vahedi showed no fear. He put himself out there and took risks without batting an eyelid. It was this attitude that made Amir one of the most successful poker players of the last decade.
Amir Vahedi died January 10, 2010 due to complications of his diabetes with more than $3 million in career winnings.