Bonyadi at the 2005 World Series of Poker
|Residence||Aliso Viejo, California, U.S.|
|Born||c. 1959 (age 57–58)
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
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.
World Series of Poker Bracelets
|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|