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Poker Pro Amir Vahedi Dead at 48

Celebrities, 2010-01-10, by Ozone

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Amir Vahedi passed away this weekend due to complications from diabetes. He was 48.

Vahedi gained fame in the poker world after making the final table in the 2003 WSOP Main Event which was eventually won by Chris Moneymaker. Known for playing with an unlit cigar in his mouth, Vahedi finished 6th in that tournament. Earlier that series, he won a bracelet in a $1,500 no-limit hold'em event.

In his live tournament career, Vahedi recorded 26 victories for more than $3 million in lifetime winnings. His latest significant result came in last year's $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship where he bubbled the televised final table in 7th place for $237,000.

Vahedi was born in Iran in 1961 before eventually settling in the Los Angeles area where he forged a poker career.

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