"Sometimes to live, you have to be prepared to die"
Originally Posted by Lucothefish
It was Amir Vahedi but that doesn't make it any less awesome/true.
Ah, someone mentions Amir Vahedi. What a life he had, what a character he was, and a top poker player/degen besides. He struggled a long-time with nothing, fought it out in low daily MTTs (and the larger MTTs when people would back him), and did whatever he could to make a few bucks. He was always great to be around, was quite humorous, and always had a big smile, even if he was degening a lot of money in Pai Gow Dominoes.
I was so happy for him when he finally started to consistently hit it big in poker, and so sad when his life ended at the early age of 48. The guy went from a small-time player to $3.2M in reported wins (he had much more if you count all those tournaments not reported) in a pretty short time frame.
He had an interesting history on making his way to the US, fighting for Iran in the Iran-Iraq war, and leaving the army to make his way through several countries illegally, finally ending up in the US in an immigration prison. Before playing full-time poker he drove Limos in the Los Angeles Area.
Didn't mean to derail, just reminded me of some good times, and of a good human being.