About Amir Vahedi

Amir Vahedi
Amir Vahedi

Amir Vahedi had a tumultuous life as a youth, leaving the Iranian army at his mother's behest and getting bounced from country to country as a war refugee before finally landing in Los Angeles. Later, after owning several businesses in the United States, Amir took on poker as a full-time profession.

Amir gained added notoriety as a celebrity poker player after he began tutoring Ben Affleck in No-Limit Hold'em. The first lessons Ben took were a birthday gift from then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, who later accused him of being a problem gambler.

Amir is known as a fierce tournament player, something that is reflected in the following quote: "I am not afraid to put my money out there and sometimes you just need to let these players know who is boss. You wanna mess with me, it's going to cost you. Sometimes you have to be willing to die in order to live in these tournaments. That is basically it."

Amir's unpredictable playing style makes it very difficult for players to read him, and that has earned him many successes. He was named No-Limit Texas Hold'em Player of the Year in 2001, had nine No-Limit final table appearances in 2003 alone, and in 2004, he welcomed in the new year by winning the Limit Hold'em event at Hollywood Park on January 3.

Amir admits that it took him some time to develop money management discipline. He overcame urges to play blackjack and craps and advises others who are serious about their poker to stick to poker.

"If you're in the meatpacking business, you don't go into trucking. The same goes for poker. If your business is poker, then don't touch any other sort of gambling," he said.

Despite that Amir knows it is his skills that have kept him winning at poker all these years, he says: "Although poker is largely a game of skill, the beauty of the game is that at any skill level it's possible to walk into a poker room and beat the champion on a particular day."

Still, if you think you can walk into a poker room and beat Amir Vahedi on any given day, you had better do a lot of practicing elsewhere first.

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
51 $19,390.00 WPT Season 7 - Bellagio Cup IV
7 $237,435.00 WPT Season 6 - WPT World Championship
7 $63,327.00 2007 WSOP - Event 8, No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys
16 $22,850.00 WPT Season 5 - World Poker Open
24 $11,589.00 2006 WSOP - Event 14, No-Limit Hold'em w/re-buys
10 $15,170.00 2005 WSOP - Event 28, $5,000 Limit Hold'em



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