Dealt a tragic blow

Poker champ in­volved in fa­tal crash

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - NICK HANSEN

A CHAM­PION poker player and high-fly­ing busi­ness­man has been caught up in a fa­tal car ac­ci­dent near his lux­ury east­ern sub­urbs home.

Po­lice be­lieve 49-year-old Warwick Mirzikinian, of Point Piper, was at the wheel of a Tesla that col­lided with a male cy­clist on New South Head Rd, Dou­ble Bay, soon af­ter 6.30pm Mon­day night.

Am­bu­lance crews reached the scene in seven min­utes to find a doc­tor, un­der­stood to have been nearby, at­tempt­ing CPR on the cy­clist. Paramedics worked to save the man as he went into car­diac ar­rest, but he died at the scene.

Mr Mirzikinian has not been charged with any of­fences and there is no sug­ges­tion he was at fault in the crash.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal for manda­tory tests and the Metropoli­tan Crash In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Mr Mirzikinian has fea­tured on the Aus­tralian poker cir­cuit for al­most a decade, amass­ing more than $640,000 in “casino win­nings”, ac­cord­ing to a pro­file on card­ He has had a good few months, win­ning $76,498 and then $20,000 at two cham­pi­onship events at Star Syd­ney a few months ago.

Mr Mirzikinian has also en­joyed busi­ness suc­cess as a mo­bile phone en­tre­pre­neur and for­mer di­rec­tor of car stereo gi­ant Strath­field. He lives in a sprawl­ing four-bed­room home on Went­worth St, Point Piper, just a few hun­dred me­tres from Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s har­bour­side man­sion.

Mr Mirzikinian’s wife Kristy, a friend of PR queen Roxy Ja­cenko, be­came an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a TV in­ter­view about a sink­hole that had opened up on the street.

At the crash site yes­ter­day, wit­nesses left a trib­ute to the young man who died.

“We did not know you. We came to your side. Your young life ended so sud­denly dur­ing the course of what was an­other day. An im­mense tragedy. You looked at peace. Our fam­ily will al­ways re­mem­ber you,” the wit­nesses wrote.

pic­tures: Daniel Shaw

Warwick Mirzikinian with wife Kristy (right) and the crash site with the Tesla (left) and the man­gled bike. Main pic­ture: Face­book, crash site

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