Amir Vahedi

January 10, 2010 by USA Post 

amirvahedi-199x300Amir Vahedi:Professional poker place Amir Vahedi, known for his cigars and humorous attitude on the table and on television, has been reported as dying due to complications from diabetes.

The news of Vahedi’s death spread quickly though the poker community, players and fans alike through social media.

Mark Seif sent a message through Twitter saying, “I’ve just been told by close friends of Amir Vahedi, that Vahedi passed away in Las Vegas on January 8, 2010, due to complications involving blood sugar levels.  Waiting for for more details.  Devastating news.  Very very sad.”

Then a tweet followed from Jeffrey Pollock, the former tournament director for the World Series of Poker saying, “Amir was one of my favorite people in poker…. This is so sad, RIP my friend, your laugh will always be missed!”

In 2003 Vahedi made it to the televised final table of the World Series of Poker for the main event, he even took home $250,000 prize money. He also took $2.5 million in tournament prize money throughout his career it has been officially recorded.

A former Iranian soldier and veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, he came to America as a political refugee.

He also had been credited for teaching several people the art of playing poker, even including Hollywood Actor Ben Affleck.

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