Farzad Bonyadi

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Farzad Bonyadi
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Nickname(s)Freddie
ResidenceAliso Viejo, California, U.S.
Bornc. 1959 (age 58–59)
Tehran, Iran
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s)3
Money finish(es)29[1]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
27th, 1998
World Poker Tour
Title(s)None
Final table(s)2
Money finish(es)15[2]
Information accurate as of 20 June 2018.

Farzad "Freddy" Bonyadi (born c. 1959 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian professional poker player based in Aliso Viejo, California, who has won 3 World Series of Poker bracelets.

Bonyadi moved from Iran to America in 1983, where he worked as an executive host in the LA Commerce Casino and as a shift manager at Hollywood Park Casino.

Bonyadi first major tournament success came when he won the $2,000 limit hold'em event at the 1998 World Series of Poker (WSOP), defeating a final table that included Mimi Tran and John Cernuto on the way to a $429,940 first prize. In the same WSOP, he also made the final table of the $1,500 seven card stud split event, and placed in the money in the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event.

Bonyadi also made a final table in the Season 2 World Poker Tour (WPT) Legends of Poker event, where he finished 5th at a final table featuring Mel Judah, Paul Phillips, T. J. Cloutier, Chip Jett and Phil Laak. Bonyadi made a second WPT final table when he finished runner-up to Scott Seiver in the Season 9 WPT Championship, netting $1,069,900.

Bonyadi has also won WSOP bracelets in the 2004 $1,000 deuce to seven triple draw and the 2005 no limit hold'em tournaments.

At the 2018 WSOP, Bonyadi's mother, Farhintaj Bonyadi, won the $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em event, making them the first mother/son World Series of Poker bracelet winners.

As of 2018, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,250,000.[3] His 29 cashes as the WSOP account for over $1,950,000 of those winnings.[1]

World Series of Poker Bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1998 $2,000 Limit Hold'em $429,940
2004 $1,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw $86,980
2005 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em $594,960

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