Hamid Dastmalchi began to
play poker at the age of 12 in
Iran. Then he moved to the
United States and became a
real-estate investor. Though
Dastmalchi is famous only for
the year 1992 he is No. 6 on
the roster of all-time
tournament money winners.
Hamid Dastmalchi WSOP Gallery of Champions
Hamid
Dastmalchi
Hamid Dastmalchi is an American professional poker player, originally from
Iran.

Dastmalchi's biggest win came in the 1992 World Series of Poker (WSOP)
main event, where he won $1 million.

Dastmalchi was involved in a legal dispute in 1999 with Binion's Horseshoe
after the new management would not let him cash in over $800,000 in chips
he had won prior to a legal battle in which Becky Binion Behnen replaced Jack
Binion as the head of the casino. A gaming commission ultimately ruled the
chips should be cashed.

Although he rarely plays in tournaments anymore, his total live tournament
winnings exceed $1,500,000 as of 2005. He also has 3 WSOP bracelets.

Hamid Dastmalchi began to play poker at the age of 12 in Iran. Then he
moved to the United States and became a real-estate investor. Though
Dastmalchi is famous only for the year 1992 he is No. 6 on the roster of all-
time tournament money winners. The other thing that can be said about
Hamid Dastmalchi is a legal dispute that occurred in 1999. Hamid won
$800,000 in chips before Becky Binion Behnen replaced Jack Binion. In the
end the chips were cashed due to decision of a gaming commission.

Dastamalchi’s Wins

1) 1985 – NL Holdem – 5th
2) 1986 – NL Holdem – 1st 4) 1991 - NL Holdem – 34th
5) 1992 – Limit Holdem – 4th
6) 1992 – NL Holdem (Championship Event) – 1st
7) 1993 – PL Holdem – 1st
8) 1995 – NL Holdem – 4th
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