Poker Community Mourns Passing of Amir VahediPublished on 2010-01-11 18:23:00
Mark Seif broke the news over the weekend that Amir Vahedi had passed away on January 8th, 2010 due to "complications involving blood sugar levels".
Amir Vahedi was well-liked and well-respected, and his death sparked an outpouring of emotion from many members of the poker community.
Here are some of the emotional Twitter posts that were made about Vahedi over the past few days:
Doyle Brunson - "We will miss Amir Vahedi. He represented Doylesroom for a year or so, was a great guy, willing to do anything that was asked of him...RIP"
Phil Hellmuth - "Amir Vahedi Rest In Peace my old friend...Amir was one of the nicest, gentlest guys on tour, and everyone loved him...Very sad, diabetes..."
Annie Duke - "RIP Amir Vahedi. Sweet man and a good friend. I am so sad."
It's obvious that Vahedi will be missed by many.
Vahedi was born in Tehran, Iran, but eventually ended up in Los Angeles after his mother decided that the Iranian army was no place for him.
Amir eventually decided to become a professional poker player after owning a few different businesses.
The move would prove to be a smart one for Vahedi, as he ended up accumulating more than $3.3 million in tournament cashes throughout his career as a poker player.
Vahedi is probably known best for two things:
1. His love of cigars (try finding a picture of him where he doesn't have a cigar)
2. His final table appearance at the 2003 World Series of Poker
2003 was probably Vahedi's most successful year as a professional poker player, as he managed to:
-win a bracelet at the World Series of Poker ($1,500 No Limit Hold'em)
-make the final table of the World Series of Poker main event (eventually finishing in 6th place for $250,000)
-win two separate events at the 2003 World Poker Finals ($1,000 NLHE for $82k and $500 Omaha Hi/Lo for $24k)
-take down another two large tournaments ($1k Limit Hold'em at World Poker Open for $81k and $2k NLHE at Larry Flynt's Poker Challenge Cup for $73k).
Vahedi had a thirst and passion for living life to its fullest, and he will be sorely missed by many.
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