Amir Vahedi

Amir Vahedi - born February 15th 1961.

Amir is a native of Iran born in its capital of Tehran. Amir served in the Iranian army during the Iran - Iraq war before becoming a war refugee and moving to America.

Upon his move to the states, he became the poker coach to Ben Affleck. Residing in L.A. has its perks.

Amir began playing poker in 1997 and is considered one of the best of his time. He has over $3 million in live winnings.

His WSOP success includes 4 final tables and a bracelet in the 2003 No Limit event for $270,000.

Amir's mainstream spotlight came in the year of the Moneymaker. Amir was one of the finalists at the main event that would forever change poker history. His colorful and loveable personality made him a fan favorite and he was one of the brighter spots in the televised event.

Long before his time in the spotlight, Amir had been winning tournaments. He has won numerous events that include the Limit Hold Em Event at the WPT in L.A. for almost $500,000 in 2005. He's also won the 2005 Ultimate Poker Challenge for another $180,000.

Sadly, we have to report that Amir has passed away. In January of 2010, Amir died due to complications with his ongoing battle of diabetes.

This news shocked the poker world and he will forever be missed. Many of his peers reached out to his family and went on their personal blogs to send their condolences.

While it's truly a sad occasion when anyone passes away. Seeing the number of players respond so kindly to Amir's passing was just another way of showing that he was truly a great player and person.

Mark Seif first reported the news on his blog who was a friend of Amir. He had this to say about.

'Have spoken to two more of Amir's close friends who have been in contact with Amir's family. Sadly, they each confirmed the terrible news. Amir was a gentle and kind man who always made me laugh. I will miss him terribly.'

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