RIP Amir Vahedi
I found out tonight that the poker world has lost one of its great characters.Â Amir Vahedi has passed away from complications from diabetes.Â For those that are not quite sure where to place that name, Vahedi finished 6th in the 2003 WSOP Main Event.Â Vahedi was also known for his trademark cigar and his fondness of check-raising.
I didn't know Amir really.Â I've seen him around at different events that I have played, but never really approached him.Â The last time I remember seeing Amir was last December at the Bike in Los Angeles.Â We were both playing in the Limit Holdem event.Â You could always tell when he was in the room. He could be a bit loud, but he also had an air about him that just screamed poker player.
Amir's death reminds me of when I found out that John Bonetti passed away in 2008.Â Unlike Amir's death, John's wasn't surprising as he had been in declining health.Â Amir's death was very sudden and unfortunate.Â John had lived a long life, having started to play poker in his 50's. Â Amir still had seemingly many more productive years ahead of him.Â In a way, I wish I would have gotten to know him, but you never know when your time is up.
Amir finished his career with over $3.25 Million in tournament winnings and one bracelet.Â He won that bracelet in 2003.Â He also finished 7th in the 2008 WPT World Championship, missing the final table by one spot.Â His string of cashes reaches back into the early 90's and he had at least 22 first place finishes.