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Amir Vahedi
Amir Vahedi at the 2006 World Series of Poker circuit event
Nickname(s) None
Hometown Sherman Oaks, California
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finishes 9
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
6th, 2003
World Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables None
Money finishes 7

Amir Vahedi (1961[1] – January 8, 2010) was an Iranian professional poker player born in Tehran, Iran.[2]

Vahedi was named no limit Texas hold 'em player of the year in 2001 and was second to Men Nguyen for Card Player Magazine's 2003 player of the year. In 2003 he made the final table of the main event of the World Series of Poker and finished sixth, netting a $250,000 prize. Earlier in the series he won his first WSOP bracelet and $270,000 in a separate no limit Texas hold 'em event.

Vahedi was also the season three champion of the Ultimate Poker Challenge.

Vahedi won over $3,250,000 in live tournament play.[3] His 9 cashes at the WSOP account for $671,216 of those winnings.[4]

Personal life

Vahedi served in the Iranian army during the Iran–Iraq War before becoming a war refugee and immigrating to the US. He was one of Ben Affleck's early poker tutors.[5] Amir had two brothers, Masoud and Sayed, a sister, two daughters, Chanel and Erika, and a son.[6]


Vahedi died due to possible complications of diabetes on January 8, 2010.[5] An autopsy report is pending.[7]


  1. ^ "In Memoriam: Amir Vahedi". 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-13.  
  2. ^ profile
  3. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  4. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,
  5. ^ a b Lance Bradley. "Poker Pro Amir Vahedi Passes Away". Bluff Magazine. Retrieved 10 January 2010.  
  6. ^ Maria Del Mar. "Mark Seif Speaks About Amir Vahedi’s Death and Funeral Info". Poker News Daily. Retrieved 13 January 2010.  
  7. ^ Mark Seif Speaks About Amir Vahedi’s Death and Funeral Info

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