The poker world mourns after the death of famous poker player Amir Vahedi on January 8th, 2009.
Amir Vahedi died at the age of 46 due to complications of his diabetes and will be missed by many. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and began his poker career in 1997, cashing his first event in 2000. Amir was awarded with the honor of being named No limit Texas Holdem player of the year in 2001. He won his first WSOP bracelet in a May 2003 event. Only two weeks later, Amir Vahedi cashed in sixth place in the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Amir was always known for chomping the end of a cigar while he played poker. He was also the poker player who prompted Ben Affleck to begin playing poker. Amir Vahedi was a member of the Absolute Poker team of professional poker players. His teammate, and good friend, Mark Seif broke the news on Amir’s personal blog.
I feel fortunate to say that I had a chance to meet this wonderful man. Amir was an extremely lighthearted person, joking about things that most others would not joke about. He was a great poker player too, and when sitting across from him, one could not help but see how humble Amir Vahedi was when he would scoop a pot.
His laughter filled many poker rooms in the past, and he will be missed.