Dealt a tragic blow
Poker champ involved in fatal crash
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 cardplayer.com. 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.
Warwick Mirzikinian with wife Kristy (right) and the crash site with the Tesla (left) and the mangled bike. Main picture: Facebook, crash site