Poker World Mourns Amir Vahedi
January 11, 2022

Poker legend and World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Amir Vahedi, reportedly passed away Friday, due to complications from diabetes.

"I have spoken to two more of Amir Vahedi's close friends who have been in contact with Amir's family.  Sadly, they each confirmed the terrible news," stated poker pro Mark Seif in his blog on Sat. (  "Amir was a gentle and kind man who always made me laugh.  I will miss him terribly. RIP Amir."  

Not only beloved by the poker industry, which today still finds itself shocked and saddened, Vahedi, and his Groucho-like mustache, glasses and unlit cigar, was truly one of the most fascinating characters in poker for the casual fan as well, and someone that no doubt helped fuel the recent poker boom, after his memorable WSOP Main Event final table appearance in 2003. 

The Iranian born Vahedi, only managed to earn a sixth place cash at that historic televised final table, however his skills on display that day showed the rest of the world what the Vegas pros already knew all to well, that Amir was more that just a funny guy at the table.

Along with that $250,000 cash, Vahedi's many accomplishments in poker include earning over $3,000,000 in tournaments, a WSOP bracelet in No-Limit Hold 'em, earning No-Limit Hold 'em Player of the Year honors in 2001, and the prestige that came with being actor Ben Affleck's chosen coach, a job he did so well, that Affleck went on to win the $9,900 buy-in California State Poker Championship in 2004.

However despite his impressive poker record, it is clear from the many tweets and personal messages pouring onto the internet throughout the course of the weekend, that few of Amir's countless friends are thinking much about his game right now, but are instead focusing on the loss of this kind, funny, gregarious man.  A man always known to make people feel welcome at the table, whether they be a first time player, or old cherished friend.

Amir Vahedi was just 48 years old.

Story by Mark Anderson

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