Bonyadi at the 2005 World Series of Poker
|Residence||Aliso Viejo, California, U.S.|
|Born||c. 1959 (age 55–56)
|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 came to the attention of poker players 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 second season 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 nine WPT Championship, netting $1,069,900.
As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,700,000. His 15 cashes as the WSOP account for $1,509,927 of those winnings.
Bonyadi is an exclusive professional poker player at Full Tilt Poker.
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|
- World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com